Ninety-year-old William Shatner, who gained fame portraying Captain Kirk on the unique “Star Trek,” simply hitched a journey aboard a suborbital spacecraft that grazed the sting of outer area earlier than parachuting to a touchdown, making Shatner the oldest particular person ever to journey to area.
Shatner took off aboard a New Shepard spacecraft — the one developed by Jeff Bezos’ rocket firm, Blue Origin, and the identical automobile that took Bezos himself to area this summer time — simply earlier than 10:50 a.m. ET from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch web site.
Bezos, a lifelong “Star Trek” fan, flew Shatner as a comped visitor. With him have been three crewmates: Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of satellite tv for pc firm Planet Labs, and software program government Glen de Vries, who’re each paying prospects, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vp of mission and flight operations.
The journey took simply 10 minutes from takeoff to touchdown. The crew skilled about three minutes of weightlessness on the prime of their flight path earlier than their capsule deployed parachutes to gradual their descent and touched again down close to their Texas launch web site.
Shanter’s new file because the oldest particular person to fly to area one-ups the file set simply three months in the past by 82-year-old Wally Funk, who was beforehand denied the chance to fly by NASA within the Sixties earlier than she joined Bezos on his July flight.