Nerd News: William Shatner, the Original Captain Kirk Goes to Space

William Shatner is a very well known entertainer know for his acting and also musical careers, but of course most well know for and best loved for his portrayal as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series and films, a role he played for 4 decades. Earlier today however he made history of a different kind as he became the oldest human ever to perform space travel for real. After playing a space ship captain for so many years he made a very short but never the less real flight to space.

He was part of a 4 person civilian crew aboard the Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket which launched from their launching grounds in Texas. The company founded by Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos is trying to lead the space tourism race. Whilst Virgin Galactic got there first, Bezos is certainly steaming ahead with over $100 million worth of tickets already having been sold, and this having been the second flight for the rocket.

The crew of NS-18. Pictured left to right: Dr. Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers, and Glen de Vries from the blue origin website.

The trip is just an 11 minute venture in to space, but its is still quite the achievement, especially for someone aged 90 years like William Shatner, who was overwhelmed with the experience upon his safe return to Earth, stating:

“I hope I never recover from this.

I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.

To see the blue color whip by you, and now you’re staring into blackness … everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see this.”

The flight took place at 9:49am CT and reached an altitude of 66.5 miles, with the official edge of space internationally being recognised as being at 62 miles.

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