Millions around the world watched the 90-year-old Star Trek actor really go into space
William Shatner is the oldest person to leave Earth’s atmosphere on a historic 10-minute journey into space.
The 90-year-old who was Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek Movies and TV series, kicked off around 9:30 a.m. local time in the Texas desert.
Millions watched on live feeds and television news around the world as Shatner got along with three other astronauts on billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin ship.
When he landed back on planet earth, he said to Mr. Bezos: “Everyone in the world must do this. Everyone in the world has to see it, ”he explained. “It was unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
The actor experienced a brief period of weightlessness during the ascent to the ship’s maximum height just over 100 km (60 miles).
From inside the window of his capsule he could see the curvature of the earth for fleeting moments in space.
Before the start he said: “There is this mysticism of being in space and being so much closer and weightless to the stars.
“I will be enchanted by the view of space. I want to look at this sphere and appreciate its beauty and tenacity. “
Mr. Shatner was accompanied on the flight by Audrey Powers, a Vice President of Blue Origin. Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet Earth imaging satellite company; and Glen de Vries, a senior executive at French software company Dassault Systèmes.
Blue Origin flight director Nicholas Patrick said the four newest astronauts have received training on what to do in an emergency.
UK-born former NASA astronaut Patrick said, “The third thing the training does is teach the crew how to behave in Zero G; how to move around the cabin without bumping or kicking each other; which grab handles to use; the kind of things they can expect and their reaction to it. “