William Shatner: ‘I’m Captain Kirk and I’m terrified of going into space’

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William Shatner is “terrified” to become the oldest person in space.

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Shatner was confirmed earlier this week to take off on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight, making him the oldest person to go into space.

In a panel at New York Comic-Con on Thursday, the Star Trek legend admitted that he is feeling somewhat nervous about the trip.

“I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to go up in a rocket and our best guess is that it should be okay.” he questioned. “I’m terrified. I’m Captain Kirk and I’m terrified. I’m not really terrified, yes, I am.

“It comes and goes like a summer cold. I’m thinking of putting my nose against the window (once I’m in space) and my only hope is not to see anyone else looking back.

“I don’t want to be the oldest man to go into space,” he joked.

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Shatner will be one of four passengers on the flight when it departs Oct. 12: Two are paying customers and one is a Blue Origin employee, ABC News reports.

The first Blue Origin flight, with Bezos on board, took off in July.

Shatner first played Captain Kirk from Star Trek on television between 1966 and 1969. He has reprized the role in several films.


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