William Shatner Star Trek Blue Origin Space Rocket
William Shatner, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” has successfully completed a trip to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin’s NS-18 New Shepard rocket. The reusable rocket and capsule lifted off from Blue Origin Launch Site One, located north of the West Texas town of Van Horn, at approximately 9:50 a.m. local time. The ride vehicle completed an 11-minute flight, four of which let the crew experience weightlessness in outer space, before returning to land.

The rocket used to launch the capsule performed an upright landing around 7-minutes after liftoff, and touched down 2-miles north of the launchpad. William Shatner has now become the oldest person to have ever flown in space, beating the previous record set by 82-year-old Wally Funk on July 20th. The three other members who joined Shatner include Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s VP of mission and flight operations; Glen de Vries, vice chair for life sciences and healthcare at Dassault Systèmes; and Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet, an Earth observation company.

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That was unlike anything they described. Everybody in the world needs to do this. What you have given me is the most profound experience. I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it,” said Shatner to Bezos after climbing out of the hatch.


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