Actor William Shatner, who played the famous Captain Kirk in the science fiction series Star Trek and Denny Crane in the series Boston Legal, will be one of the crew members of the new space flight of Blue Origin, the company created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
In a statement, Blue Origin announced Monday the addition of Shatner as well as that of space engineer and lawyer Audrey Powers, vice president of the company.
On July 20, Bezos reached space aboard a rocket on a short flight of just over 10 minutes from West Texas.
Blue Origin’s new mission, New Shepard NS-18, will take place on October 12 and will once again carry four crew members to and from space. The launch will take place in West Texas, just like the one that took Bezos into space.
Joining Shatner and Powers will be Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.
Chris Boshuizen is co-founder of Planet Labs, the first company to use nanosatellites commercially.
Glen de Vries is the co-founder of Medidata Solutions one of the world’s leading clinical research platforms.