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William Shatner successfully soars into space

October 13, 2021 | Comment icon 55 comments

The mission was a complete success. Image Credit: Blue Origin
The veteran actor, 90, was one of four passengers to reach the edge of space during today's Blue Origin flight.
Shatner, who famously played Star Trek's indomitable Captain James T. Kirk, may have been used to boldly going where no man has gone before on TV, but now he has paid a visit to the final frontier for real - making him the oldest person ever to venture into space.

The mission, which launched from the Texas desert this morning, was also carrying Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries - the chief executive of clinical research firm Medidata Solutions.

The launch and subsequent flight went without a hitch, with the booster stage separating and landing successfully shortly before the capsule which touched down after a flight lasting around 11 minutes.
Shatner described the flight as a "life-changing" experience.

Speaking to Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, he described the sensation of seeing the safety of the Earth's blue sky disappearing beneath him as the rocket ascended.

"Everybody in the world needs to do this," he said. "It was unbelievable."

To watch the launch for yourself, skip to 1:25:00 in the livestream below.

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Comment icon #46 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 4 days ago
Just 11 minutes? Glad it all went well.    
Comment icon #47 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 4 days ago
You would have been aghast at the 60's. Bell bottom trousers with paisley inserts and hair was everywhere .
Comment icon #48 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 4 days ago
That was quite funny, but no I wouldn't have been aghast at the 60s. Great music, funky clothes, and all that peace love groovy stuff.
Comment icon #49 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 days ago
That was a great times! There is no way of filming the musical ‘Hair’ nowadays.        
Comment icon #50 Posted by Cookie Monster 3 days ago
He blubbered like a baby when he touched down going on about something to do with the blue sky and pure blackness.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Saru 3 days ago
Here's what happened when the capsule reached its highest point: Looks like Shatner was deeply moved by what he saw out of that window.
Comment icon #52 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 days ago
It almost looks like he is about to become sick, now that would be really funny to see the Captian of the Star Ship Enterprise blow chunks!
Comment icon #53 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 2 days ago
Oh okay, here's the original:
Comment icon #54 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 days ago
Comment icon #55 Posted by el midgetron 3 hours ago

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