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William Shatner ready for voyage to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard

On Wednesday, William Shatner will boldly go where no 90-year-old man has gone before.

VAN HORN, Texas — On Wednesday morning, Captain James T. Kirk isn't riding the Enterprise into space.

For this mission, he'll be aboard New Shepard.

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Soon, William Shatner will boldly go where no 90-year-old man has gone before.

"I plan to look out the window with my nose pressed against the window," Shatner said. "The only thing I don't want to see is a little gremlin looking back at me."

Shatner shared his plan for the final frontier on Twitter by writing, “I'm going to be a rocket man!"


"What was your initial reaction when you saw William Shatner was going up?" KHOU 11's Xavier Walton asked retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson.

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"I think my honest reaction was, 'that figures,'" Anderson said.

Anderson has called the ISS home twice.

Tweeting with Captain Kirk

Anderson tweeted at Shatner after the announcement.

Captain Kirk's response: "Snack bars in space? How is the cell service?"

“I always watched (Star Trek) as a kid,” Anderson said.

"And now you're tweeting with Captain Kirk. How cool is that?" Walton asked.

"For a small-town kid from Ashland, Nebraska, ... I never thought it was a possibility," Anderson said. "And to be tweeting with Admiral Kirk it's really cool."

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