Oldest So Far to Make the Trip:
After many episodes of being in space, Wm. Shatner finally gets there in 2021
Star Trek star William Shatner was launched to the edge of space on Wednesday, becoming the oldest person to make the voyage. Just before 11 a.m ET Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin, rocketed the 90-year-old sci-fi actor in a capsule from a launchpad in Van Horn, Texas, for the roughly 10-minute milestone trip.
Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle blasted Shatner and three other passengers into the western skies of Texas to an altitude of roughly 63 miles, permitting them to revel in about four minutes of weightlessness in microgravity. Ahead of the trip Wednesday, Shatner said during a Today show interview that he was eager to witness the “miracle of our Earth” from an otherworldly vantage point.
“I’m going to see the vastness of space and the extraordinary miracle of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe—that’s really what I’m looking for.” The space jaunt Wednesday comes after the trip—originally scheduled for Tuesday—was delayed amid predictions about dangerously high wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service. Welcome back Captain Kirk!