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William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, is prepared to make a space flight on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spacecraft. (Public domain/

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As William Shatner prepares to be beamed up Wednesday for his first real-life spaceflight, and to become at 90 the oldest person ever to enter the final frontier, he's bringing out the awe in the small handful of people around a rural Texas spaceport.

By CODY JACKSON and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press October 12, 2021
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