Star Trek Actor William Shatner became the First Oldest Man To Travel In Space Was Welcomed By Jeff Bezos
With his launch onboard the Blue Origin sub-orbital spacecraft, Hollywood actor William Shatner has become the oldest person to fly to space.
The 90-year-old actor, who portrayed Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek films and television series, took off with three other people from the Texas desert.
Mr. Shatner’s flight on the rocket system, which was created by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, lasted roughly 10 minutes.
Just after 10:00 a.m. local time, the craft successfully landed (16:00 BST).
As they soared to a maximum height of just over 100 kilometres, all on board experienced a brief moment of weightlessness (60 miles). They could see the curvature of the Earth via the capsule’s large windows from there.
In tears, he continued: “What you’ve given me is a life-changing experience. I’m overcome with emotion as a result of what just occurred. I’m hoping I’ll never be able to recover from this. I’m hoping to keep what I’m feeling right now. I don’t want to throw it away.”
Concerns about safety have been raised at Jeff Bezos’ space firm.
An 82-year-old man has become the world’s oldest person in space.
Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president, Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-imaging satellite firm Planet, and Glen de Vries, an executive with the French healthcare software giant Dassault Systèmes, were among those on board.
They were given a couple of days of instruction, despite the fact that there was nothing particularly important for them to perform on the trip.
The capsule was soon encircled by ground personnel as it landed in the Texan desert. Mr. Bezos himself peered through the opening to ensure that everyone inside was safe.
The crew formed a queue to collect their Blue Origin astronaut pins after quick celebrations with relatives and friends.
This was just New Shepard’s second crewed expedition. On July 20, Mr. Bezos, his brother Mark, Dutch youngster Oliver Daemen, and legendary aviator Wally Funk boarded the first plane.
After that, Ms Funk, who was 82 at the time, was allowed to claim the distinction of oldest person in space, which she has since relinquished to Mr Shatner.
Blue Origin has been accused of having a hostile workplace atmosphere and failing to follow basic safety standards, thus the launch comes as a surprise. Former and current workers have made largely anonymous claims, which have been categorically rejected.
Audrey Powers, who is in charge of mission and flight operations, responded, “That just hasn’t been my experience at Blue.”
“From the beginning till today, when we’ve begun our human flights, we’ve been meticulous. Our main goal has always been safety.”
Although William Shatner was the first person to travel from Star Trek’s depiction of space to the actual thing, three Nasa astronauts have done the exact reverse.
Mike Fincke and Terry Virts featured in the final episode of Enterprise, the Star Trek prequel series, while Mae Jemison appeared in an episode of the TV sequel Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Gene Roddenberry, the franchise’s originator, and James Doohan, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the original 1960s series and later films, also provide a link. Both men’s ashes were sent into space.
At the moment, space travel is experiencing a rebirth.
Several high-profile persons paid to visit the International Space Station throughout the 2000s (ISS). However, these missions, which were organised under the auspices of the Russian space agency, came to an end in 2009.
Now, the industry is being reignited, and it appears to be more durable this time around, simply because there are many more private space firms vying for business, which should lower rates for a wider range of consumers.
In addition to Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard excursions, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is selling rides in his Virgin Galactic rocket plane.
Then there’s Elon Musk, whose Dragon capsule will take humans orbiting the Earth for many days, as it did last month for the privately financed Inspiration4 crew.
Mr. Bezos is not only inviting select individuals to travel on New Shepard, but he is also selling seats. And, while Sir Richard Branson lists a ticket price for the voyage (from $450,000 to £330,000), the Amazon founder does not reveal the costs paid by Mr Boshuizen and Mr de Vries.
Blue Origin has one more crewed trip planned for this year, with several more planned for 2022.