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Shatner will travel to space aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin

On the popular television show Star Trek, James T. Kirk was the first person to go where no man had gone before. That was approximately 55 years ago.

In 2021, actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk on the USS Enterprise, will embark on a space mission. He is scheduled to board Blue Origins' next flight on the New Shephard rocket on October 12th, which will be his 90th birthday.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, founded the space travel company Blue Origin in order to explore the universe. It was earlier this summer that Bezos flew on his company's first flight with passengers on board, which garnered widespread attention.

However, Blue Origin has recently received some concerning negative press coverage as a result of an essay published online by a group of 21 former and current employees of the company, in which they raised concerns about safety measures and a toxic workplace environment.

As stated in the essay, "we have observed a pattern of decision-making that frequently places a higher priority on execution speed and cost reduction than on appropriate resourcing for quality assurance." According to the report, "By 2018, when one team lead took over, the team had documented more than 1,000 problem reports related to the engines that power Blue Origin's rockets, all of which had gone unanswered."

Alexandra Abrams, the former head of Blue Origin Employee Communications, and 20 other anonymous current and former employees expressed their concerns in a letter to the company's CEO.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stated that it will conduct an investigation into the safety concerns that have been brought to their attention.

Shatner would become the oldest person to have traveled to space when he reaches the age of 90. The previous record was set on that Blue Origin flight, which Bezos was traveling on at the time of the record attempt. Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aerospace pioneer, accompanied the e-commerce billionaire on his July trip to the International Space Station.

From takeoff to landing, Shatner's flight should take about 10 minutes, which should be a walk in the park when compared to the five-year missions that Captain Kirk went on in the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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