William Shatner’s Blue Origin space launch delayed for second time

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Star Trek star William Shatner must wait a little longer before venturing to space, as the Blue Origins launch has been postponed yet again due to weather fears.

Shatner, 90, is set to become the oldest man in space today as he travels to the stratosphere for 11 minutes on the New Shepard rocket.

He won't be sitting in the captain's seat, however, as the rocket is piloted remotely from a mission control centre down here on Earth. The crew only needed minimal training as a result.

The trip aboard Jeff Bezos' New Shepard rocket was already delayed once because of windy weather. Originally scheduled for around 2 pm yesterday, October 12, the flight was moved to today.

Now, it's been pushed back to 3 pm BST due to forecasted winds at the West Texas launch site.

The flight has, however, been cleared for launch after Shatner and his three companions passed a 'flight readiness evaluation' test earlier today.

"New Shepard is go for launch! The mission team has completed the Flight Readiness Evaluation prior to #NS18."

"This is our final meeting with the engineers and Mission Control team to ensure all systems are go for launch," the official Blue Origin Twitter account said.

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At a Comic-Con panel in New York last week, Shatner admitted he is nervous about flying. "I'm terrified," Shatner said.

"I know!… I'm Captain bloody Kirk and I'm terrified!"

You will be able to watch the livestreamed launch here from 3 pm UK time

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