William Shatner, TV's Capt. Kirk, blasts into space

By MARCIA DUNN and RICK TABER Associated Press

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood's Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, has blasted into space and safely returned to Earth in a convergence of science fiction and science reality.

He set out Wednesday morning for the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company.

The "Star Trek" hero becomes the oldest person to ride a rocket.

The fully automatic spacecraft reached an altitude of 66.5 miles over the West Texas desert.

The up-and-down flight lasted about 10 minutes, with Shatner and his three fellow passengers parachuting back to Earth in the capsule.

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