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Winds delay Blue Origin's space launch with Shatner

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: William Shatner tours the launch tower with Blue Origin's Sarah Knights at Launch Site One near Van Horn, Texas, U.S. in an undated still image from video. Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin said on Sunday it had pushed this week's launch target of its New Shepard vehicle to Wednesday, delaying "Star Trek" actor William Shatner's sojourn to the edge of space by a day.

"Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin's mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13," the company said in a statement.

Best known as Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek" television series, Shatner will be part of a four-person crew aboard the suborbital NS-18 mission.

The 90-year-old actor is flying https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/blue-origin-says-star-trek-actor-shatner-make-suborbital-flight-2021-10-04 as a guest of Blue Origin, but the company has said that it has also sold nearly $100 million in tickets to paying customers.

Blue Origin, which had a successful launch https://www.reuters.com/technology/jeff-bezos-worlds-richest-man-set-inaugural-space-voyage-2021-07-20 with Bezos in July, said that the mission operations team confirmed the vehicle met all requirements and astronauts began their training on Sunday.

Winds delay Blue Origin's space launch with Shatner
 

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Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Oct 10, 2021 3:56PM ET
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Yes lets send billionaires into space because thats what the world needs right now
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Henrik Oct 10, 2021 2:54PM ET
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90 years old, wow. Still looks like 50. Absolutely the right person to invite for a free ride
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“To boldly go where no man has gone before.”  – Captain James T. Kirk
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Humanity can be pretty cool sometimes.
 
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