At age 90, William Shatner will become the oldest person to have flown in space with his Blue Origin flight.
In announcing his flight to space, he tweeted, “So now I can say something. Yes, it’s true; I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!'”
Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk on the hit television series “Star Trek,” and went on to star in seven “Star Trek” films.
While this will be Shatner’s actual first mission to space, he won’t be too far from home.
He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper he will be carrying a few mementos from friends and family.
Shatner said he is “a little bit nervous” about the flight.
“There’s an element of chance here … This isn’t like going on one of the various life-ending possibilities that I’ve done all my life. I’ve been on things that are like ‘oh, wow that makes me nervous.’ This makes me more nervous,” he said.
In the end, Shatner is mostly curious about what he’ll see out in space.
“What will I see?” Shatner told Cooper. “Because not only will I look at the majesty of space and the oasis of Earth, but isn’t there a possibility that things fly by as we’ve seen on cameras? What’s the explanation of that?”