William Shatner, 90, who rose to fame playing Captain Kirk in the original “Star Trek”, just boarded a suborbital spacecraft that grazed the edge of space before parachuting for land , making Shatner the oldest person to ever travel to space.
Shatner took off aboard a New Shepard spacecraft – the one developed by Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, and the same vehicle that took Bezos himself to space this summer – just before 10:50 a.m. HE of the Blue Origin launch site in West Texas.
Bezos, a longtime “Star Trek” fan, piloted Shatner as an escorted guest. With him were three teammates: Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs, and software manager Glen de Vries, both of whom are paying customers, and Audrey Powers, vice president of mission operations and flight from Blue Origin.
The trip only lasted 10 minutes from takeoff to landing. The crew experienced about three minutes of weightlessness at the top of their flight path before their capsule deployed parachutes to slow their descent and land near their launch site in Texas.
Shanter’s new record as the oldest person to fly in space surpasses the record set just three months ago by Wally Funk, 82, who had previously been denied the opportunity to fly by NASA in the 1960s before joining Bezos in July. flight.