William Shatner is taking inspiration from Captain Kirk, the 'Star Trek' character he has become synonymous with, as he makes his own journey into outer space.

At age 90, William Shatner will become the oldest person to have flown into space.

The actor will be blasting off from Texas on 12th October with Jeff Bezos's space travel company Blue Origin.

William Shatner said in a statement: "I've heard about space for a long time now. I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle."

The actor will be joining three others aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.

This is the company's second crewed flight after Bezos was part of the first human spaceflight in July.

The founder of Amazon travelled with his brother Mark, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen and 82-year-old Wally Funk.

They were the youngest and oldest people to travel to space at the time.

Next week's voyage is expected to last about ten minutes.

This is the same duration as its predecessor.

It will take the crew just beyond the Karman Line, the most widely recognised boundary of space, which lies about 62 miles (100km) above the Earth.

William Shatner will be accompanied by Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs; Glen de Vries, a co-founder of clinical research platform Medidata Solutions; and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations.

Blue Origin and its New Shepard rocket is in competition with with Elon Musk's SpaceX and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic in the emerging space tourism market.