“I hope I never recover from this,” he says afterward.
William Shatner, the alter ego of one of the most iconic astronauts of all time, has officially completed his first real trip to space.
NSThe captain of the Starship Enterprise in the Star Trek universe, James T. Kirk, blasted off atop a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket from the company’s West Texas launch site at 7:50 a.m. PT (9:50 a.m. local time). on Wednesday.
Shatner is joined in the New Shepard capsule by Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of satellite imaging company Planet Labs; Glen de Vries, an entrepreneur and executive with the French software company Dassault Systems; and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations.
A few minutes into the flight, the capsule separated from the booster and continued on to suborbital space, where the crew experienced weightlessness and an epic view of Earth before re-entering the atmosphere for a parachute-assisted soft landing in the desert. . The whole experience lasted just over ten minutes.
During the flight, Shatner’s Twitter account posted a quote from Isaac Newton:
During the final minutes of the descent, Shatner could be heard saying, “It was unlike anything he had described …
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos welcomes the crew as they exit the crew capsule on the valley floor of the Texas desert. Shatner passed away, thanking the billionaire entrepreneur.
He said, “What you have given me is the most profound experience. I am filled with emotion about what happened. It is extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this.”
After separation, the New Shepard booster returned for an autonomous landing on the ground for future reuse.
This is the second crewed flight so far for the space tourism company. NS First flight of New Shepard rocket
With Humans launched on July 20 and took company founder and mega-rich man Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wally Funk and student Oliver Damon on a quick trip to space.
Shatner now takes the title of the oldest person ever in space from Funk, 82, who held the crown for less than three months.
This mission named NS18 was broadcast live.
Shatner, who has released more than 10 albums as a recording artist, says he plans to write a song about the experience for his next album.
“I want to write about my love of the earth,”In an interview posted on Twitter.
The launch was originally scheduled for October 12, but was bumped the next day due to winds in the forecast. Wednesday morning liftoff was also delayed by more than 30 minutes, but New Shepard was finally able to get off the ground.