William Shatner set to head into space

At 90, Star Trek actor William Shatner will become the oldest person ever to visit space.
At 90, Star Trek actor William Shatner will become the oldest person ever to visit space.

Captain James T. Kirk will be travelling to space for real this time, with news that actor William Shatner is scheduled to blast off next month on board Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.

Shatner, 90, will become to oldest person ever to go into space, beating out pioneering 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, who travelled with Bezos into space in July.

The 15-minute flight, and the run-up to it, will be filmed for a documentary.

Star Trek legend Shatner had previously tweeted a mocked-up image of him in an astronaut suit, encouraging NASA to send him out.

"BTW @NASA - just in case; the suit does fit!" he wrote.

Shatner's fellow crew on the proposed flight have not yet been named.

Australian Associated Press