Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, reached the finish line on a spacecraft built by Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin Company, blasting into space on Wednesday at the end of science fiction and science fiction.
The “Star Trek” hero and three fellow passengers flew 66 miles (106 kilometers) in a fully automatic capsule in the West Texas desert and then safely parachuted to the desert floor in a flight that only It lasted for more than 10 minutes.
Schatner. Became the oldest person in space, breaking the previous record – set by a passenger on a similar journey on the Bezos spacecraft in July – for eight years.
“It was the opposite of everything he said,” Scheiner said as he landed on the capsule.
Sci-Fi fans were thrilled to see the man, known as the famous Captain. James T. Kirk of Starship Enterprise dares to go where no American TV star has gone before.
Shatner said before the countdown that he intended to live a weightless life of about three minutes, his nose pressed against the capsule windows.
“The only thing I don’t want to see is that a little Germain is looking at me,” he joked, referring to his 1963 “Twilight Zone” episode titled “Nightmares at 20,000 Feet.” ۔
Bezos is a huge “Star Trek” fan – the founder of Amazon did a cameo in later “Star Trek” movies as a stranger – and Shatner was a free rider as his invited guest.
We have confirmed the separation of the capsule from the booster. Our astronauts are stepping out of their seats and experiencing weight loss. # NS18.
– Blue Origin (lblueorigin) October 13, 2021.
The blast brought precious star power to the Bejus spacecraft company, given its built-in appeal to baby boomers, celebrities and space fans. Shatner worked on the original TV show “Star Trek” from 1966 to 1969, when the United States was racing for the moon, and “Star Trek” appeared in a series of movies.
Bezos put the four of them on the pads, went with them to a platform above the ground, and cranked the hatch after boarding a 60-foot rocket. The capsule, New Shepherd, was named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard.
“This is the moment for all of us to see the captain. James Tibbers Kirk go into space,” Blue Origin launch commentator Jackie Curtis said before the lift off. “Like shows attracted to the space business.
The flight comes as the space tourism industry finally begins, aboard passenger planes built and operated by some of the world’s richest men.
Virgin Galactic Richard Branson. In July, Bezos flew his rocket into space, and nine days later, Bezos and crew made their first Blue Origin flight. Of Elon Musk. SpaceX made its first private voyage. In mid-September, though not on board.
Last week, the Russians launched an actor and a film director for a filmmaking project on the International Space Station.
“We’re just getting started, but what a miracle this start has been. What a wonderful way to screw people over,” Scheiner said in a Blue Origin video posted on his flight.
Trapped with Shatner Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin and former NASA space station flight controller, and two paying customers: Cross Boschwizen, a former NASA engineer who co-founded a satellite company, and a 3D Glenn de Vries of the software company. Blue Origin will not disclose the price of their tickets.
Schneider milked his upcoming flight at the New York Comic Con last week for laughter. The actor said that Blue Origin told him that he would be the oldest man in space.
“I don’t want to be the oldest man in space. I’m the bloody Captain Kirk!” He shouted, then said in a panicked voice: “Captain Kirk, where no man is going … What am i going to do Where am i going “
He confessed: “I’m Captain Kirk and I’m scared.”
Putting the joke aside, Blue Origin said that Shatner and the rest of the crew meet all medical and physical requirements, including the ability to take several steps up and down the launch tower. As soon as the capsule returns to Earth, the passengers are subjected to approximately 66 g, or six times the force of the Earth’s gravity.
“I think I’ve ever seen a shot in space,” said Joseph Barra, a bartender from Los Angeles who came to help celebrate Blue Origin’s launch week. “William Shatner is setting the bar for what a 90-year-old can do.”