Blue Origin announced on Sunday that the upcoming flight set to take actor William Shatner into space is being delayed due to anticipated winds. Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the classic TV series Star Trek, is set to become the first cast member of the iconic show to make a guest appearance aboard a Blue Origin suborbital rocket.
His history-making flight was scheduled for October 12.
“Due to winds forecast for Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has decided to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeted for Wednesday, October 13,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
The new flight is scheduled for 8:30 am (7:00 pm IST).
Shatner, 90, will be the oldest person ever to go into space.
His journey will take him and the NS-18 rocket crew past the 62-mile (100 km) high Karman Line, where they will experience four minutes of weightlessness and observe the curvature of the planet.
Blue Origin’s decision to invite one of the most recognizable galaxy-dominant characters from science fiction for its second crewed flight has helped keep excitement around the nascent space tourism sector.
For fans, the 10-minute hop from the West Texas base back to Earth would be a fitting coda for a pop culture phenomenon that inspired generations of astronauts.