Blue Origin will launch William Shatner into space today! Here's how to watch it live.

Update: Blue Origin successfully launched its second crewed flight with four passengers aboard, including the actor who famously played Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek." Read our full story here.
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VAN HORN, Texas — William Shatner and three other passengers will launch into space today (Oct. 13) on the second crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket, and you can watch all the action live online.

The New Shepard rocket-capsule combo will lift off from Blue Origin's Launch Site One, near the West Texas town of Van Horn, at 9 a.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT; 1400 GMT). A live webcast of the mission will begin about 90 minutes before liftoff, and you can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of Blue Origin. The webcast will also stream live on Bue Origin's website and on YouTube.

Today's mission comes 12 weeks after Blue Origin's first-ever crewed launch, which carried to space the company's founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen. If all goes according to plan, Shatner will set a new record for being the oldest person to go to space at 90 years old — a record previously set by Funk on Blue Origin's July 20 launch. 

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Flying alongside Shatner (aka Captain Kirk from "Star Trek") on the NS-18 mission — the 18th launch of a New Shepard vehicle — will be Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers; Glen de Vries, vice chair for life sciences and healthcare at the French software company Dassault Systèmes; and Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-observation company Planet. 

The entire flight will last about 11 minutes, and the crew will experience about four minutes of weightlessness while in space. New Shepard's rocket booster will separate from the capsule and return to Earth for an upright landing at Blue Origin's West Texas landing site, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of the launch pad, roughly eight minutes after liftoff. 

While the booster is landing, the New Shepard capsule with the crew on board will reach its maximum altitude just above the Kármán line, the internationally-recognized boundary of space, which is about 62 miles (100 km) above sea level. The capsule will land back on Earth 11 minutes after liftoff. 

The crew of Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-18 mission, from left: Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. (Image credit: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin's webcast will run for the entire duration of the mission, showing live views of the rocket and capsule during the launch and both landings. Blue Origin's recovery teams plan to open the hatch to the New Shepard capsule 11 minutes after the crew lands, with the webcast wrapping up shortly thereafter at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT).

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.