“Star Trek” actor William Shatner finally made it to space Wednesday morning with Jeff Bezos’ commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin, a journey that made the 90-year-old entertainer the oldest person to fly in space.
Shatner and a small crew departed West Texas at 10:50 a.m. EST on a New Shepard plane, which was live streaming on Youtube.
The flight brought Shatner and crew to the edge of the atmosphere about 340,000 feet above the ground, and returned them safely back to Earth in more than 10 minutes.
Bezos was on site to greet the rocket crew before launch and celebrate with them after they landed.
After exiting the rocket, Shatner told Bezos, “Everybody in the world needs to see this… It was unbelievable.” “It was so shaking… the cover of blue. The beauty of that color, you get through it in an instant,” he wondered, contemplating the mystery of life and death through tears. What it has given me is the deepest experience for me.”
Blue Origin announced that Shatner will travel to space on its second manned flight last week. The flight was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed to Wednesday due to bad weather. While attending ComicCon in New York last week, Shatner said he was “scared” to go to the final frontier. “I don’t want to be known as the oldest person in space. I’m Captain Kirk!” He joked. Bezos and his brother flew into space aboard New Shepard this summer.
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