Star Trek fans will know the name William Shatner. In this legendary sci-fi series from 1966 for the next four decades, he played the role of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the USS Enterprise. He really looked into space on the middle of this week – thanks to a “atmospheric jump” with a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
It is a similar flight lasting ten minutes, which was also completed in the summer by the owner of the company, billionaire Jeff Bezos. This time the rocket module climbed to a height of 106 kilometers. The booster landed safely on the designated platform and it is interesting that it was his 17th year.
At the age of ninety, Shatner became the oldest man to enter space. From Bezos’s side, this is another brilliant marketing move – on the one hand, thanks to the famous actor, the new tourist attraction is re-emerging in the media (also on VTM.cz; congratulations Jeff), but it also sends a clear message that when a 90-year-old man can handle it, almost anyone can . “Captain Kirk” confirmed after landing that he was OK, witnesses reported slightly uncertain walking.
Shatner’s flight record:
The remaining positions were filled by Blue Origin Vice President Audrey Powers, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, director and co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a health research firm.