The veteran actor of 90 years William Shatner – Captain Kirk of “Star Trek” – is going to become the latest celebrity to travel to space this Wednesday. Other millionaires and celebrities have already done it, or aspire to be next space tourists.
Take me up, Bezos
A Blue Origin rocket, by Jeff Bezos, will make Canadian Shatner the oldest person to fly into space, surpassing the female pilot, Wally Funk, of 82 years , which already did so in July also aboard an Amazon founder’s rocket.
Shatner experienced the absence of gravity, for a few minutes, at a height of 100 kms from Earth, before returning to Earth in the reusable rocket.
Bezos and his brother Mark had also traveled on the July Blue Origin mission.
Last week actress Yulia Peresild took off for the International Space Station with a film director to try to narrowly win to the United States in the making of the first film filmed in orbit.
They want to surpass the star of “Mission Imposib le, “Tom Cruise, who last year announced his own film project with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX group.
SpaceX put American billionaire Jared Isaacman and three of his guests into orbit last month for three days. It was the first time that Musk’s company sent non-professionals into space.
Vacation on the Space Station
Axiom Space will send three businessmen for ten days to the International Space Station in January. It will be the first of three such planned onboard trips for SpaceX rockets. Musk is also preparing an orbital trip next year, organized by Space Adventures, for four clients who will pay for the trip.
Fly me to the Moon
The Japanese millionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans to make a trip around the moon, possibly in 2023, aboard another SpaceX rocket, on a mission called dearMoon.
He hopes to take eight people with him, on this first civil lunar mission, and has already invited the director of “La La Land” and “First Man”, Damien Chazelle.
Chazelle has said that he should ask his wife first.
“Percance” by Virgin
Richard Virgin Galactic’s Branson took part in a test flight to the edge of space in July, aboard a rocket from the company he founded.
But the spacecraft has since been grounded due to to a “mishap”, although he hopes to resume his flights from next year.