He’s been to the far reaches of the galaxy on the USS Enterprise during the many television and film exploits in “Star Trek,” but 90 year old, William Shatner finally reached the stars today, for real.
Shatner and other crew members launch into space Wednesday morning on Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.
Back on Earth, William Shatner grew emotional describing his experience launching into space
“I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life.”
Speaking to Jeff Bezos after the Blue Origin flight, the 90-year-old actor told him: “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine.”
He continued: “It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.”
After William Shatner and the rest of the crew landed back on Earth, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos opened the capsule hatch and said, “Hello astronauts, welcome to Earth!”
Audrey Powers was the first to emerge out of the capsule, followed by Shatner.
Bezos welcomed the crew members back in his Blue Origin space suit along with the members’ families.
Ninety-year-old William Shatner, who gained fame portraying Captain Kirk on the original “Star Trek,” just hitched a ride aboard a suborbital spacecraft that grazed the edge of outer space before parachuting to a landing, making Shatner the oldest person ever to travel to space.
Shatner took off aboard a New Shepard spacecraft — the one developed by Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, and the same vehicle that took Bezos himself to space this summer — just before 10:50 a.m. ET from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site.
Bezos, a lifelong “Star Trek” fan, flew Shatner as a comped guest. With him were three crewmates: Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs, and software executive Glen de Vries, who are both paying customers, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations.
The trip took just 10 minutes from takeoff to landing. The crew experienced about three minutes of weightlessness at the top of their flight path before their capsule deployed parachutes to slow their descent and touched back down near their Texas launch site.
Although instead of being the oldest person to ever go into space, I am sure Shatner will like to have the sole honor of being the only Star Trek captain to ever go into space too. Suck it Picard.