Star Trek actor William Shatner was almost speechless when Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos greeted him after the New Shepard spacecraft landed southeast of El Paso, Texas
A visibly emotional William Shatner told Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos that his short flight into space was “the most profound experience I can imagine.”
The Star Trek legend was completely overwhelmed by the experience of seeing the blue sky of the earth suddenly transform into the infinite darkness of space.
“The blue color … that safety blanket … you shoot through everything,” he said, barely able to express the feeling of leaving the tiny protective bubble of our planet.
He was overwhelmed when he saw the vast, empty expanse of space and said, “There’s mother earth below you and the black … is that death?”
“There’s that soft blue,” said Shatner. “And it’s so thin.
After a long delay while Blue Origin engineers identified an “anomaly in the engine,” the man who encountered a myriad of fictional space anomalies was finally in space.
“Everyone in the world has to do this,” he said, hugging the Amazon billionaire gratefully.
Shatner is not only the most famous celebrity to travel to space, but at 90 years old, he is also the oldest person to ever leave the planet.
Blue Origin has sold over a hundred million dollars (£ 73.28 million) in tickets for those short space tourism flights, but on a $ 28 million (£ 20.52 million) flight, that’s not many tourists.
The New Shepard rocket and capsule are actually not designed for earth orbit, but for suborbital joys to the edge of space. At an altitude of more than 100 miles, passengers experience about four minutes of weightlessness.
After lifting the capsule into space, the Blue Origin booster landed another science fiction landing from the textbook on its launch pad.
A few minutes later, Shatner and Audrey Powers, Vice President of Mission and Operations at Blue Origin, hovered back in the crew capsule a few minutes later with two paying customers, Glen de Vries and Chris Boshuizen.
Shatner admitted he was nervous about the start. “I’m scared,” he said in front of a Comic-Con panel last week.
“I know! … I’m captain, damn Kirk and I’m scared!”