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William Shatner’s Blue Origin launch delayed to Wednesday attributable to climate

A collage shows Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, the company's suborbital New Shepard launch system and actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in



A collage reveals Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, the corporate’s suborbital New Shepard launch system and actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek.”
(Image credit score: Blue Origin/Paramount Pictures)

William Shatner should wait one other day to achieve the ultimate frontier.

Blue Origin has pushed the subsequent launch of its New Shepard car, which is able to carry Shatner and three different individuals to suborbital house, from Tuesday (Oct. 12) to Wednesday (Oct. 13) attributable to climate issues.

The mission, generally known as NS-18, will launch from Blue Origin’s West Texas website, close to the city of Van Horn. Winds within the space are anticipated to be unfavorable on Tuesday, prompting the 24-hour push, Blue Origin representatives stated through Twitter on Sunday (Oct. 10).

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The launch is now scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) on Wednesday. You can watch it right here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or straight through the corporate. Coverage will start 90 minutes earlier than liftoff.

NS-18 would be the second crewed launch of New Shepard and the car’s 18th flight general (therefore the identify). The first crewed mission lifted off on July 20, sending Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and Dutch pupil Oliver Daemen on a quick jaunt to suborbital house.

On that flight, the 18-year-old Daemen and the 82-year-old Funk turned the youngest and oldest individuals ever to achieve house, respectively. Shatner, who’s 90, will wrest the eldest crown from Funk when NS-18 soars into the ultimate frontier. 

Joining the “Star Trek” actor on the approaching mission are Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice chairman of mission and flight operations; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-observation firm Planet; and Glen de Vries, vice chair for all times sciences and healthcare on the French software program firm Dassault Systèmes.

Blue Origin’s major competitor within the suborbital house tourism trade, Virgin Galactic, is promoting seats aboard its VSS Unity house airplane for $450,000 apiece. Blue Origin has not disclosed how a lot a ticket to experience New Shepard prices. 

Mike Wall is the creator of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a e-book concerning the seek for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook

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SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for Space.com since 2010. His e-book concerning the seek for alien life, “Out There,” was revealed on Nov. 13, 2018. Before turning into a science author, Michael labored as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor’s diploma from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificates in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To discover out what his newest undertaking is, you may comply with Michael on Twitter. 

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