The space travel company Blue Origin said on Sunday that the flight set to send Star Trek actor William Shatner and other crew members was delayed until Wednesday due to weather concerns.  In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Blue Origin said the launch was now scheduled to take place at 8: 30 a.m. on Wednesday, due to “forecasted winds” in West Texas on Tuesday, when the launch was originally scheduled.

Founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the aerospace company announced last week that Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the Star Trek television series from 1966-1969, would be part of its New Shepard NS-18 crew. The 90-year-old Shatner will make history as the oldest person in space — a title recently given to astronaut Wally Funk during a Blue Origin spaceflight in July. Shatner will be joined on the flight by Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.

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