William Shatner's Star Trek Moment With Jeff Bezos


The New York Times 13 October, 2021 - 01:27pm 5 views

Did William Shatner make it into space?

"Star Trek" actor William Shatner took an 11-minute trip into space aboard a Blue Origin flight this morning. ... At age 90, Shatner became the oldest person to have flown in space. After landing back on Earth, Shatner said the flight was "the most profound experience" he could imagine. cnn.comWilliam Shatner goes to space: Live updates

How old is William Shatner now?

Who is William Shatner? The 90-year-old actor is best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the "Star Trek" franchise and has been acting for six decades. USA TODAYWilliam Shatner goes to space aboard Blue Origin. Here's everything you need to know.

Who is Blue Origin owned by?

Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns Blue Origin, was on site for the launch and shook the hands of all four passengers as they boarded New Shepard. The rocket is named after American astronaut Alan Shepard. NPRWilliam Shatner is now the oldest person to go to space. Here's what he saw

Who is flying with Shatner?

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're both paying customers, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations. CNNWilliam Shatner is now the oldest person ever to go to space: 'The most profound experience'

He can finally say he boldly went there

Flying alongside Shatner today were two paying customers and a Blue Origin employee. They included Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of small satellite company Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata, a software company. Audrey Powers, vice president of mission and flight operations at Blue Origin, represented the company on the flight.

After Shatner landed, he shed tears, emotional about what just happened. “What you have given me is the most profound experience,” Shatner told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos after the actor landed. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I just, it’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this.” Shatner argued afterward that everybody needs to see what he saw, even comparing the experience of transitioning from blue sky to the blackness of space to what dying might feel like. “Is that what death is?” he asked.

New Shepard is the company’s primary rocket at the moment. The vehicle is suborbital, so it cannot achieve enough speed to get into orbit around the Earth. Instead, it’s capable of launching crews to the edge of space and back so that riders can experience weightlessness for a few minutes. To get to space, crews launch strapped inside a crew capsule, perched on top of the rocket. Once high above the Earth, the capsule and rocket separate, and passengers briefly float throughout the cabin. Then, both pieces of the vehicle fall back to Earth; the capsule lands under parachutes while the rocket reignites its engine and lands upright.

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