BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Aerospace company Blue Origin, founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, is sending four people into a suborbital joyride Wednesday morning.
Most notable among the passengers is William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek.” At 90, he is set to be the oldest person ever to go to space.READ MORE: 7 Shot, Including 5 Teenagers, In West Baltimore Friday Night
But there’s another prominent passenger boarding New Shepard NS-18, one with local ties.
Audrey Powers is Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations. She is a 1994 graduate of Mount De Sales, a private, all-girls secondary school in Catonsville.READ MORE: ‘We Want To Prevent This From Happening Again’ Witnesses Describe Deadly Collision Between Fire Truck And Dirt Bike Rider In Baltimore As Advocates Call For Solutions
According to Blue Origin’s website, she played a lead role in certifying New Shephard for human flight.
In a show of pride for their alumna, the Baltimore County school is holding a watch party of the launch.
Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs, and software executive Glen de Vries, are paying customers joining Shatner and Powers.MORE NEWS: 'It's Ridiculous': Drivers React To Increase In Gas Prices
CBSN Baltimore will stream the launch and watch party live at 9:55 a.m.
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) October 11, 2021