The ‘Star Trek’ Actor Is Officially 90. The oldest person to travel in space at the age of
William Shatner became emotional and introspective in a way, only to return to his successful return to Earth after Captain Kirk went into space aboard actor Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket.
The 90-year-old actor joined Blue Origin vice president of New Shepard mission and flight operations Audrey Powers and a few others as they blasted off Wednesday in the aerospace company’s suborbital spaceflight. The successful mission makes him the oldest person to travel in space.
Returning to Earth after an 11-minute journey, Shatner emerged from the space capsule where he immediately spoke with CEO Jeff Bezos about his profound experience.
“In a way it’s indescribable. In a way it’s indescribable,” he said shortly after emerging as a real-life astronaut after famously playing an astronaut for years on “Star Trek.”
“What have you done,” he told Bezos, clearly emotional. “Everybody in the world needs to do this, everybody in the world needs to see this… It was incredible. Unbelievable.”
After sipping some celebratory champagne from Bezos, the actor went on to do his best to describe what it was like to break out of Earth’s atmosphere and cope with the vastness of space and the unknown.
Shatner described the moment when the image around him changed from the vibrant blue we know about the sky to the quick disappearance on Earth as they orbited as the most surprising thing on their journey into space. collide with.
“You’re looking at the blackness, that black ugliness. You’re looking at the blue below [on Earth] And there is black,” he said. “Earth is mother and rest and there is … What is death? I don’t know, is that death? Is that how death happens?”
Shatner then placed both his hands on Bezos’s shoulders so that he could properly thank him for the opportunity he had given him. In doing so, he briefly mentioned Blue Origin of space competitors such as Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, without naming any one company.
“You’ve done something… I mean, whatever other people are doing, I don’t know about it. What you’ve given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” Shatner tears up. Said fighting back. “I’m filled with emotions about what just happened. I just… This is extraordinary. This is extraordinary.”
He continued: I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”
Shatner returned with a renewed respect for the fragility of our planet, especially our air. He said that after observing Earth from afar, he was impressed by its “vulnerability” and spoke briefly on the notion of keeping our air and atmosphere clean.
“But it’s a whole other conversation,” he said.
The “Star Trek” actor concluded again by saying that that experience was nothing in comparison.