William Shatner, the 90 year-old actor famous for playing Captain Kirk on the series “Star Trek,” traveled 66.5 miles above the earth’s surface aboard a Blue Origin rocket ship on Wednesday, becoming the oldest person in history to travel to space. (Watch Above)
“I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it,” Shatner said after returning from the 10 minute journey.
BREAKING: @WilliamShatner lands back on Earth as the oldest person to ever go to space.
Here's his astonished and emotional reaction.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 13, 2021
He said transitioning from the blue sky into complete darkness was a “profound experience.” He added, “In an instant you go, whoa, that’s death. That’s what I saw.”
Shatner and three fellow passengers experienced three minutes of weightlessness and were treated to views of earth’s curved surface. Their capsule safely landed in West Texas, as planned.
Back down to Earth… 🚀
Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, has landed in the Texas desert after becoming the oldest man to go to space
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 13, 2021
The billionaire owner of Blue Origin, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is a massive “Star Trek” fan. He invited Shatner to ride the rocket for free. The Associated Press reports:
Bezos himself drove the four crew members to the pad, accompanied them to the platform high above the ground and cranked the hatch shut after they climbed aboard the 60-foot rocket. A jubilant Bezos was there to greet them when the capsule floated back to Earth under its brilliant blue-and-red parachutes.
“Hello, astronauts. Welcome to Earth!” Bezos said as he opened the hatch of the New Shepard capsule, named for first American in space, Alan Shepard.