"Ground control to Major Tom, Take your protein pills and put your helmet on ..."
After portraying Captain James T. Kirk on the U.S.S. Enterprise for Star Trek: The Original Series and several feature films, William Shatner will get a taste of what it’s like to fly in space. On August 4, 2017, Shatner will board a flight with Zero Gravity Corporation on their modified Boeing 727 aircraft dubbed G-Force One–and you can join him.
That’s right, you can tell Shatner how you would have defeated the Gorn. Or you could dust off those piles of TekWar fan fiction and have them shot down in person, all while floating or flipping in zero gravity. Who knows, maybe you could convince Shatner to lead a group rendition of "Rocket Man" or "Space Oddity" on the way up?
For a mere $9,950 (plus five percent tax, for a total of $10,448) you can hop along on the same Las Vegas-based flight that will include 15 parabolic maneuvers. The plane descends from 32,000 feet to 24,000 feet and that's when the weightlessness occurs, and each dip in elevation will create 20-30 seconds of weightlessness allowing the common man or woman to experience the sensation of being an astronaut in space.
The cost to do it with Shatner is a little over double the normal cost ($4,950 plus five percent tax), but you will get Zero-G swag, photos and video of your experience with Shatner, a certificate of weightless completion, as well as pre and post-flight catering, which you should really do your best to hold down while experiencing zero-gravity. If you’re interested, act quick, as space on the flight is limited.
Shatner is not the first Star Trek: TOS cast member to go up and experience zero-gravity flight. George Takei (who played Hikaru Sulu) did it last year with fans and Rod Roddenberry, CEP of Roddenberry Entertainment and son of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry.
Nichelle Nichols (who played Chief Communication Officer Lt. Uhura) also took a similar but more intense 10-hour flight in 2015 aboard NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft that is a Boeing 747 with a high-powered infrared telescope.