‘Everybody in the world needs to see:’ William Shatner becomes the oldest person to go to space


VAN HORN, Texas (NewsNation Now) — Blue Origin launched its second passenger flight Wednesday morning, blasting four people including actor William Shatner to the edge of space.

The “Star Trek” hero and three fellow passengers soared to an estimated 66 miles over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule and then safely parachuted to the desert floor in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.

This video is courtesy of Blue Origin and the announcers and commentary are from Blue Origin staff.

“That was unlike anything they described,” Shatner said at the capsule descended toward Earth.

Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record — set by a passenger on a similar jaunt on a Jeff Bezos built spaceship in July — by eight years.

“You have done something,” an exhilarated Shatner told Bezos as he emerged from the capsule, the words spilling from him in a torrent. ”What you have given me is the most profound experience.” He added: “I hope I never recover from this.”

He said that going from the blue sky to the blackness of space was a moving experience that made him wonder, “Is that the way death is?”

Bezos was on scene at the landing site near Van Horn, Texas, to see the four off.

In July, Bezos, the founder of Amazon, soared about 66.5 miles above the Texas desert aboard a New Shepard launch vehicle and returned safely to Earth.

New Shepard hurtled at speeds reaching 2,233 miles per hour, exceeding the Karman Line – 62 miles straight up – set by an international aeronautics body to define the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.

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The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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