Actor William Shatner on his return from space.  (Photo: EFE

The actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the science fiction series ‘Star Trek’, traveled to space on Wednesday aboard the New Shepard rocket, developed by the Blue Origin company of billionaire Jeff Bezos.

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At 90, Shatner he has become the oldest person ever to travel into space.

Joining Shatner were three other astronauts: two travelers who have paid to go to space – Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the nanosatellite company Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, co-founder of a clinical research platform – and Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin Missions and Flight Operations.

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The New Shepard left West Texas (USA) more than an hour late, at 9:50 a.m. local time (9:50 a.m. in Peru), as initially scheduled.

The space travelers housed themselves in a capsule at the top end of the rocket that rose to more than 100 kilometers high before returning to Earth, in a journey that lasted about 10 minutes.

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Once in space, the capsule detached itself from the rocket before descending without a hitch.

Actor William Shatner on his return from space. (Photo: EFE

Upon his return to Earth, Shatner tweeted a quote from Isaac Newton: “I don’t know what it may seem to the world, but for me it has been like a child playing on the seashore having fun now and then finding a softer pebble or a more beautiful shell than normal ones, while the great ocean of truth stretches undiscovered before my eyes ”.

Once they touched Earth, the space travelers were greeted by Bezos himself, who hugged them as they emerged from the capsule.

Shatner was visibly moved by the experience and told Bezos that he hopes he won’t forget what he’s felt.

“It is the most profound experience I could have had, it is extraordinary”, said the actor to Bezos, while highlighting how he had seen “The vulnerability of the air” that keeps humanity alive.

Shatner flew for the first time in real life to space, after doing it in fiction aboard the mythical ship “Enterprise” in the series “Star Trek”, which aired its first episode in 1966 and lasted three seasons.

In this still image taken from a Blue Origin video, "Star Trek" actor, member of the New Shepard NS-18 mission crew, William Shatner (CL) receives a hug from Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, on October 13, 2021, after landing in the west.  Texas region, 40 miles north of Van Horn.  (Photo: Jose ROMERO / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP)
In this still image taken from a Blue Origin video, “Star Trek” actor, member of the New Shepard NS-18 mission crew, William Shatner (CL) receives a hug from Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, on October 13, 2021, after landing in the west. Texas region, 40 miles north of Van Horn. (Photo: Jose ROMERO / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP)

Later, the artist re-embodied Captain Kirk in six films between 1979 and 1991.

This flight takes place after the rocket, 18.2 meters high, was tested 15 times without a crew, before making its first trip with people on board on July 20, in which Bezos himself participated, his brother Mark and two other companions.

The capsule is called New Shepard in tribute to Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space in 1961 and one of the astronauts to ever walk on the Moon.

New Shepard NS-18 (LR) mission crew members: Audrey Power, Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations, Blue Origin;  actor William Shatner and Medidata Solutions co-founder Glen de Vries.  Photo by Jose ROMERO / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP)
New Shepard NS-18 (LR) mission crew members: Audrey Power, Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations, Blue Origin; actor William Shatner and Medidata Solutions co-founder Glen de Vries. Photo by Jose ROMERO / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP)

The project has not been without controversy: last September the former director of Employee Communications of Blue Origin Alexandra Abrams published a text of a score of workers and former employees of the company, unidentified, who denounced a toxic work environment.

The text denounced a corporate culture marked by machismo, with some managers treating employees inappropriately.

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