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“I want to look at that orb and appreciate its beauty and its tenacity ...”

Actor William Shatner, who at 90 became the oldest person launched into space.

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oct 13, 2021

  • Shatner reflected on the anticipation of his journey: "I want to look at that orb and appreciate its beauty and its tenacity ... as sustaining this life of ours which allows us to look with awe and wonder of the miracle of space."
  • The former "Captain Kirk" of the popular series "Star Trek" (a science fiction TV series with a space exploration storyline), Shatner experienced a very real - though brief - trip on a Blue Origin spacecraft. The crew did not reach orbit, but just the "edge of space," and had a few moments of weightlessness.
  • William Shatner joined Blue Origin executive (Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations) and two paying customers on this launch.
  • Why It Matters: This is the second trip by Amazon's Jeff Bezos' rocket into space with "regular" people - not trained astronauts - as the race continues towards space tourism.

Shatner's interview

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