VanHorne. Hollywood Captain Kirk William Shatner, 90, launched into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a company-built ship. Blue Origin the Jeff Bezos.
The star of Star Trek and three fellow travelers reached an altitude of about 106 kilometers (66 miles) above the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule and then parachuted safely to the desert floor in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.
Shatner’s history as the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record – set by a passenger on a similar excursion on a Bezos spacecraft in July – in eight years.
“That was unlike anything they described,” Shatner said as the capsule descended to Earth.
Sci-fi fans were delighted to see the man best known as the stalwart Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise boldly go where no star on American television has gone before.
Shatner said before the countdown that he planned to spend his roughly three minutes of weightlessness staring at Earth, with his nose pressed against the capsule windows.
“The only thing I don’t want to see is a little gremlin staring at me,” he joked, referring to the plot of his episode of The Twilight Zone (The unknown dimension) from 1963 entitled Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.
Bezos is a huge fan of Star Trek. The founder of Amazon had a cameo as an alien in one of the last films of Star Trek, and Shatner traveled free as a guest.
The liftoff gave Bezos’s space company invaluable appeal by encompassing the baby boomers, celebrity fans and space enthusiasts. Shatner starred in the original television series of Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, when the United States was racing to reach the moon, and then appeared in several Star Trek.
Bezos himself led the four crew members to the platform and closed the hatch after they boarded the 60-foot (18-meter) rocket. The capsule, New Shepard, is named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard.
William Shatner, who starred as Captain Kirk on the cult classic “Star Trek,” will actually travel to space aboard Jeff Bezos’ ‘Blue Origin’ rocket. At 90, he will be the oldest person to have traveled into space. Via Graphic News.