William Shatner has been propelled into space by Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 rocket.The 90-year-old Star Trek actor surpassed 82-year-old Wally Funk, who accompanied Blue Origin’s first crewed mission in July, as the oldest person to travel to space.
After returning to Earth, he told Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos, “Everyone on Earth needs to witness this.” “What you’ve provided me is a life-changing experience… It’s incredible.”
“I hope I maintain what I feel now,” a very distraught Shatner added. It’s far bigger than I am and my existence… I don’t want to throw it away.”
Due to windy conditions at Blue Origin’s location in west Texas, the launch was repeatedly postponed, but it finally took off at roughly 9.50 a.m. local time.
The debut of Blue Origin will be covered live by The Independent.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice-president of mission and flight operations, Chris Boshuizen, a former Nasa engineer, and Glen de Vries, the co-founder of software startup Medidata, were among those flying alongside Shatner.
Star Trek’s William Shatner has now flown in space for real
William Shatner has finally entered space after decades of portraying one of the most well-known science fiction characters of all time.
Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ rocket business, has already created a name for itself by transporting celebrities to the edge of space. Bezos was on the first crewed launch for the New Shepard rocket, and he was joined by his brother, Mark Bezos, as well as Oliver Daemen, the world’s youngest astronaut, and Wally Funk, one of the Mercury 13 — the 13 women who successfully completed the same astronaut training as the original Mercury astronauts back in the 1960s.
The next New Shepard launch — NS-1 — will take place on Wednesday, October 13 at roughly 10:50 a.m. ET.
William Shatner goes to space aboard Blue Origin. Here’s everything you need to know
Captain Kirk set out on his own personal galactic trip.
Actor William Shatner, well known for his roles in the original “Star Trek” series and the first six films in the “Star Trek” film franchise, has joined Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin for its second-ever human spaceflight. Just before 11 a.m. ET, Shatner and three others were launched aboard a New Shepard rocket from the aerospace company’s West Texas launch pad.
“I’m ascending towards space.” In a pre-recorded video played prior to the launch, Shatner commented, “I don’t know how many people can say that.” “Since there’s a lot of interest in this imaginary character Captain Kirk travelling into space, let’s go.”
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William Shatner can now proudly proclaim that he has courageously gone where no man (his age) has gone before.
Although he is far from the first person to reach space, the “Star Trek” veteran is the oldest as of Wednesday. At the age of 90, the actor embarked on his second human spaceflight with Blue Origin, a company founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2000. Just before 11 a.m. EDT, Shatner and three others were launched aboard a New Shepard rocket from the aerospace company’s West Texas launch pad.
Shatner could be heard commenting that the event was “unlike anything they described” when the group successfully landed back on Earth some minutes later. Upon landing, all four passengers on board gave the recovery crew a thumbs up to show their appreciation.
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After Paramount announced a “Star Trek” film for 2023, the fourth in the new chronology, with “WandaVision” director Matt Shakman and J.J. Abrams producing, Star Trek Day arrived on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, William Shatner, the seemingly dilithium crystal-charged original Enterprise captain, is celebrating the 4K release of the first four “Star Trek” movies while also speaking out about “Star Trek,” love, and loss on his introspective new spoken word album, “Bill” (out Sept. 24), which features musical guests such as Brad Paisley and Joss Stone. Blue Origin launches William Shatner into space
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