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William Shatner Becomes Oldest Person in Space - Meet 4 Other Famous Space Tourists

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Star Trek star, and now astronaut, William Shatner has officially become the oldest person to go to space. Shatner joined Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers and two paying customers on an October 13 Blue Origin launch.

The pique to space tourism has hit high ever since Virgin Galactic  (SPCE)  founder Richard Branson and Amazon  (AMZN)  founder Jeff Bezos both took space trips in July. 

Related: Blue Origin Successfully Launches Jeff Bezos and Crew Into Space

At Bezo's trip, Wally Funk created history as she became the oldest person to fly to space. The 82-year-old was the youngest graduate of the Woman in Space Program, a privately-funded project, which tested female pilots for astronaut fitness in 1960s.

Related: Watch: Jeff Bezos and Crew Return From Space

Space tourism is actually not a new topic. In 2001, an American billionaire Dennis Tito became the first paying space tourist to reach space. 

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