Captain Kirk spent a lifetime in space. The real Shatner visited for just a few minutes on Wednesday, and he clarified which experience was more impressive.
In the marketing world, few things are more valuable than a truly satisfied customer, and that’s what Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin see in William Shatneron Wednesday.
James T on Star Trek. As Kirk, Shatner can often be contemplative and sometimes profound. Of course, those lines were written by Gene Roddenberry and several authors over the years. But some of the most poignant words uttered by a human visitor to space during Shatner’s own minutes of weightlessness and upon his return to Earth are made all the more wondrous when delivered in his trademark halting rhythm.
“Weightlessness, O Jesus!” Shatner is heard screaming in the video above as the New Shepard crew capsule crosses the Karman Line, the traditional separator between Earth’s atmosphere and space.
“No description can match this, the weightlessness… Oh my god. Oh wow. Oh, I’m telling you. Oh my god, oh wow, I can’t believe it.”
Not exactly poetry, but the solemn reaction of a totally dumb man to a life-changing experience of nine decades after his life is a wonderful thing. While his crewmates swim and flip around the capsule with a sort of dizzying delight, Shatner spends most of the flight utterly awkward and admiring the view.
Once back on solid ground, with champagne sprinkling on the desert floor, Shatner was able to begin gathering his words in conversations with Blue Origin and Amazon founder Bezos. You can watch the exchange at the 2:56 mark in the video below.
“What you made is what everyone in the world needs to do,” Shatner tells Bezos. “Everyone in the world needs to see…” He retorts as he chokes.
“The blue cover, the sheet, this blanket, this blue comforter that’s all around us, we think, oh it’s the blue sky, and then all of a sudden you shoot through it like you’re a sheet were whipping those of you while you’re sleeping and you’re looking at the blackness… in the black ugliness. And you look down and there’s blue down there and there’s black and it’s just… there ( (below) earth is mother and rest and there (above, in space)… What is death? I don’t know, is death like that? Oh! And it’s gone? Jesus.”
Shatner rubs his eyes when he tears up again.
“It was very moving for me. This experience, it’s something incredible.”
You don’t get a better testimonial than this. can’t wait to hearabout his flight.