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William Shatner, 90, TV’s Captain Kirk, blasts off for space

William Shatner arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif, April, 2015. Shatner first swaggered onto the bridge of the starship Enterprise in 1966. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
William Shatner arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif, April, 2015. Shatner first swaggered onto the bridge of the starship Enterprise in 1966. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, has blasted off toward space in a convergence of science fiction and science reality.

He sets out for the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

The “Star Trek” hero becomes the oldest person to ride a rocket.

The fully automatic spacecraft is set to reach an altitude of 66 miles over the West Texas desert. The up-and-down flight is set to last about 10 minutes, with Shatner and his three fellow passengers parachuting back to Earth in the capsule.

 

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