Richard Branson says Shatner turned down his offer to go into space

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Sep 24, 2013

Being famous for starring on a show set in space does not necessarily mean you want to go there.

William Shatner has long been a proponent of NASA and other space programs. He's honored when astronauts tell him that watching James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise was what influenced them to see their eyes on the stars.

But Shatner is not, at this moment in his life, terribly moved by the idea of getting in a rocket and traveling to the outer reaches of the galaxy. Well, at least not under the circumstances he was offered.

Virgin Galactic‘s Richard Branson recently extended an invitation to Shatner to go on a commercial flight with his company. Shatner, however, didn't go for it. According to Branson, "He actually said he’s frightened of airline travel, which is slightly disillusioning. Captain Kirk is scared of flying.”

Of course, there are some circumstances here that Branson has chosen to omit, most notably that he expected Shatner to foot the $200K bill for the journey. For his part, Shatner says, "He wanted me to go up and pay, and I said: ‘Hey, you pay me and I’ll go up. I’ll risk my life for a large sum of money.' But he didn’t pick me up on my offer.”

So, no, Shatner turned down the offer, and, yes, he does have some fears about space travel. But don't most of us? I know I'm terrified of owing someone $200K!

(via Trek Today)

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