In perhaps the most hyped and anticipated space missions in recent history, the man known to millions as Captain James T. Kirk has William Shatnermade history yesterday. He became the oldest person to start into space and seemed to have returned a changed person.
The “Star Trek“Icon, who has just turned 90, was part of a crew of four that launched into low earth orbit and returned to the planet at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Shatner was part of the Blue Origin mission, called NS-18. It became the second human-crewed mission from Jeff Bezos‘Space Private Space Company.
More than a million people have seen this Blue Origin livestream on YouTube. At the same time, television stations around the world broadcast the start.
Shatner was accompanied by three others for the journey, which took only about ten minutes from start to finish. Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission and Operations, Audrey Powers, was part of the team and entrepreneur Chris Boshuizen and owner of a medical software company, Glen de Vries. The latter were paying customers, and Bezos said he’s sold more than $ 100 million in tickets for his rocket ride.
According to USA Today, the Blue Origin is “New Shepard” rocket crowned at 66 miles in the sky before he descends again to earth. The capsule landed gently in the Texas desert while the booster (driven by the BE-3 engine) fell back almost completely, but used its own thrust to balance itself and come to a standstill on its chassis.
Commentator and contributor to Blue Origin Ariane Cornell explains on the livestream that the ship’s capsule was developed with manned space travel in mind. Because of this, Shatner and the others were strapped to belts but did not wear helmets. The capsule was pressurized and the passengers were positioned so that they could watch the take-off in front of their eyes.
Shatner was a frequent guest on TV news before the launch and also gave some interviews. As is well known, he said that he “scared“The prospect of going into space.
He also told CNN on Monday that he “feels comfortable, but also uncomfortable”.
“I will be very happy when we go up and we will be in zero gravity and we know we are safe because everything else should be fine and we have this moment of inspiration that I believe that he will be there when we “We look into the vastness of the universe,” said Shatner.
But when he climbed out of the capsule, he completely changed his mood. As the other three new astronauts hugged their families and sprayed champagne, Shatner hugged Bezos and shared some heartfelt thoughts about mortality, the fragility of the earth, and why everyone should experience this.
“I can’t tell you what you did,” Shatner said to Bezos. “Everyone in the world has to do this. Everyone in the world has to see … it was unbelievable. “
Shatner seemed to tear apart more than once as he spoke while Bezos and his girlfriend did Lauren Sanchez consoled the legendary actor.
“The little things … like the weightlessness,” Shatner said. “But to see the blue come up and pass by, and now you’re staring into the black. That’s it. The blue cover … this sheet, this blanket, this blue cover that we have all around us. And then suddenly you shoot through everything … like tearing off a sheet in your sleep and looking into blackness. In black ugliness. “
“And you look down, and there is the blue down there … and the black up there … there is mother earth and comfort,” said Shatner, pointing to the sky, “is there death?” I do not know. Is that how death is? “
After a while, Shatner told Bezos that he thought Blue Origin could use safety glasses to reproduce the space travel experience for people. He also told Bezos that the simulations he ran through before takeoff couldn’t “capture” what it really was like on the ship.
As expected, people used social media to express their wishes and joy for the star upon his return from his mission.
NASA made sure they tweeted that “Bill” will always be their friend:
The author and well-known “Star Trek” expert Mark A. Altman described the trip as the best Trek film:
A fan suggested adding the trip to the official “Star Trek” canon:
The WWE congratulated him on being the “First WWE Hall of Famer” to go into space:
Even the “Star Trek” franchise praised their original lead actor:
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