It has finally happened. Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner, successfully flew to space and, at the age of 90, became the oldest man ever to do so. Earlier today, the award-winning actor, along with three other people, boarded Blue Origin's NS-18 flight. During the 10-minute voyage, they soared past the Karman Line, the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space, and enjoyed weightlessness for around four minutes. After that, they went back to Earth through the parachute-assisted capsule.
Upon returning to the surface, Shatner was found emotional about the journey that he had to the final frontier. "I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. It's extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don't want to lose it. It's so much larger than me and life," he said to Jeff Bezos, who welcomed the crew during their arrival.
He then thanked the owner of Blue Origin for giving him the opportunity of a lifetime, "What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine." He also expresses his wishes that everyone will have the experience "through one means or another" and jokingly suggests to Bezos to "put it on 3D and wear the goggles to have the experience."
It is wonderful to hear that Shatner's spaceflight was a success and he enjoyed the experience that he had. If you've seen the live stream of the flight, you can see that Shatner was in tears after he exited the capsule. Going to space is really a once-in-a-life experience that most people on this planet will not have the privilege of. In his entire career, the actor has been widely associated with his iconic Star Trek character and it is just awesome that he was able to actually go to space at the age of 90.
According to CNN, Bezos flew Shatner to space as a comped guest. The billionaire is known to be a lifelong Star Trek fan. The other passengers in the flight are Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen, software executive Glen de Vries (who are both paying customers), and Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers.
With this flight, Shatner became the oldest man ever to fly to space. He bested 82-year old aviator Wally Funk, who boarded the first Blue Origin flight back in July.