William Shatner Successfully Blasts into Space
William Shatner took off on Wednesday aboard the New Shepard NS-18, which is part of Jeff Bezos Blue Origin, and successfully flew into space aboard.
When he walked off from the West Texas launch site at 7:50 a.m., the 90-year-old Star Trek icon became the oldest person to leave the globe. PT.
Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vp mission and flight operations, and crewmembers Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries were also aboard the Wednesday flight. The trip was scheduled to have taken place earlier in the week, but was canceled due to the weather. Before he boarded the ship, Shatner was all smiles. Bezos closed the ships hatch when he personally arrived.
Shatner said in a draft tweet that went live once he was in space, I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I seem to have been just revolving around as if surrounded by sand, finding softer pebbles or patterned shells than usual, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me, despite Shattingner's assertions. The ship successfully returned to Earth at 8 a.m. PT.
Shatner told Bezos, I am so filled with emotion, while describing the feeling of leaving Earth. I am overwhelmed. I had no idea.
Fans of the film and television star were thrilled to see the man who played Captain James T. Kirk for decades actually go into space. Godspeed @WilliamShatner. On ascent, will reach Mach 3 (3x the speed of sound). Thats 0.00034% of Warp Factor 1, but itll be a start, tweeted Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Shatner looked ready to go, spending Tuesday night cracking some jokes on social media. Has anyone informed [Elton John]? he asked of the Rocket Man artist. Shatner, of course, recorded his melodramatic spoken-word version of the song in the late 1970s.
Shatner will be aboard the New Shepard NS-18, it was announced earlier this month. Ive been hearing about space for a long time now. Im taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle, he said at the time.