William Shatner, 90, Becomes The Oldest Man To Travel To Space

William Shatner has successfully made a historic trip to space. The Star Trek alum, 90, became the oldest person to ever to reach the edge of space — the Kármán line, which is 62 miles above Earth — on Wednesday when he traveled on Blue Origin’s New Shepard 4 for the 10-minute commercial flight.

Shatner was emotional after he landed, saying, “Everybody in the world needs to do this… It was so moving.”

Shatner teared up telling Amazon/Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos, “What you have given me is the most profound experience. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. Extraordinary.”

He continued, “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me — and life.”

After a short delay, the rocket took off at 10:50 a.m. ET. The crew landed at about 11, giving the thumbs up that they were all OK.

Shatner was on board with Blue Origin’s VP of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers, and two paying customers: Glen de Vries, a co-founder of the medical research platform Medidata Solutions, and Chris Boshuizen, a NASA researcher turned tech entrepreneur.

While Shatner was a guest of Bezos, de Vries and Boshuizen reportedly paid $250,000 each.

Bezos was on hand, driving the crew to the launch spot and walking with them to the New Shepard’s door. When the capsule landed after the flight, Bezos opened the door and helped the four passengers out.

He later pinned Shatner and the crew, telling them, “Welcome to a very small club.”

Shatner’s pin was initially bent, leading the quick witted star to quip, “So am I.”

Of course, it’s extra meaningful that Shatner made the trip considering he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk for the Star Trek TV series in 1966.

The daughter of Shatner’s late co-star Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, wished Shatner luck, adding, “My dad wouldn’t loved to join you!”

Shatner’s mission was announced Oct. 4. Before he blasted off, he told NBC News, he was most excited “to see the vastness of space and the extraordinary miracle of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe.”

Shatner’s big flight, which lifted off from Launch Site One in Van Horn, Texas, was initially supposed to take off Tuesday but was delayed a day due to high wind.

This trip follows Blue Origin’s successful first human flight on July 20, which took billionaire Bezos to space, alongside his brother and two others.

Published by Larry Fire

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