Blue Origin launches William Shatner into space


Blue Origin has launched William Shatner into space aboard its New Shepard NS-18 rocket.

The 90-year-old Star Trek actor grew to become the oldest particular person ever to journey to space, taking the report from 82-year-old Wally Funk who took half in Blue Origin’s first crewed flight in July.

“Everyone on Earth needs to see this,” he advised Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos after returning to Earth. “What you have given me is the most profound experience… It’s unbelievable.”

The visibly emotional nonagenarian added: “I hope I maintain what I feel now. It’s so much larger than me and life… I don’t want to lose it.”

The launch was delayed a number of instances because of windy climate at Blue Origin’s facility in West Texas however lastly lifted off at round 9.50am native time.

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Flying alongside Shatner have been Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice-president of mission and flight operations, Chris Boshuizen, a former Nasa engineer, and Glen de Vries, the co-founder of software program agency Medidata.

The rocket booster and capsule reached an altitude of round 106km, earlier than separating and returning to Earth. From this altitude the passengers have been in a position to see the curvature of the Earth and expertise micro gravity. The whole flight time took simply over 10 minutes.

The Blue Origin flight got here simply days after former workers accused the non-public space agency of neglecting security protocols and harbouring a “toxic” work tradition.

Crew member and Blue Origin government denied these claims, saying, “That just hasn’t been my experience at Blue.

“We’re exceedingly thorough, from the earliest days up through now as we’ve started our human flights. Safety has always been our op priority.”

Blue Origin is considered one of three corporations pioneering a brand new period of space tourism, with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic additionally sending civilians to space in current months.

Seats on Virgin Galactic’s craft price round £350,000, although Blue Origin is but to publicly disclose the worth passengers pay for tickets.

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