Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (i) and director Klim Shipenko.  (Photo: Andrey SHELEPIN / GCTC / Russian space agency Roscosmos / AFP)

The 90-year veteran actor William ShatnerCaptain Kirk from “Star Trek” became the latest celebrity to fly into space on Wednesday. Other millionaires and celebrities have already done it, or aspire to be next space tourists.

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Take me upstairs, Bezos

A Blue Origin rocket, by Jeff Bezos, made the Canadian Shatner the oldest person to fly into space, surpassing the woman pilot, Wally Funk, 82, who already did so in July also aboard a rocket of the founder of Amazon.

Shatner experienced the absence of gravity for a few minutes, at a height of 100 km from the Earth, before returning to it in the reusable rocket.

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Bezos and his brother Mark had also traveled on the Blue Origin mission in July.

Russia first

Last week the actress Yulia Peresild took off for the International Space Station with a film director to narrowly try to win over the United States in making the first movie ever shot in orbit.

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Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (i) and director Klim Shipenko. (Photo: Andrey SHELEPIN / GCTC / Russian space agency Roscosmos / AFP)

They want to surpass the star of “Mission Impossible”, Tom Cruise, which last year announced its own film project with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX group.

Three day trip

SpaceX put American billionaire Jared Isaacman and three of his guests into orbit last month for three days. It was the first time Musk’s company had sent non-professionals into space.

Jared Isaacman, fundador de Shift4 Payments. (Foto: Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)
Jared Isaacman, fundador de Shift4 Payments. (Foto: Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Vacation on the space station

Axiom Space will send three entrepreneurs for ten days to the International Space Station in January. It will be the first of three such planned onboard trips for SpaceX rockets. Musk is also preparing an orbital trip next year, organized by Space Adventures, for four clients who will pay for the trip.

Fly me to the Moon

Japanese millionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans to make a trip around the moon, possibly in 2023, aboard another SpaceX rocket, on a mission called dearMoon.

He hopes to bring eight people with him, on this first civilian lunar mission, and has already invited the director of “La La Land” and “First Man”, Damien Chazelle.

Damien Chazelle, director of La la Land, winner of Best Director.
Damien Chazelle, director of La la Land, winner of Best Director.

Chazelle has said that he should ask his wife first.

Virgin’s “mishap.”

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson took part in a test flight to the edge of space in July aboard a rocket from the company he founded.

On July 11, British magnate Richard Branson ascended 80 km to reach the edge of space.  (REUTERS)
On July 11, British magnate Richard Branson ascended 80 km to reach the edge of space. (REUTERS)

But the ship has been grounded since then due to a “mishap”, although it hopes to resume its flights from next year.

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