Blue Origin, the private spacecraft company founded by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos launched a rocket and a capsule to the edge of the space on Wednesday. William Shatner, a 90-year-old actor known for his role as the beloved Capt. James T. Kirk in the series of “Star Trek” along with three other crew members boldly flew at around 10.50 a.m. ET. Other three passengers were vice president of Blue Origin Mr Audrey Power and two paying customers, Chris Boshuizeb and Glen de Vries. The launch mission was delayed by nearly an hour to ensure rocket was ready for flight and the entire flight lasted about 10 minutes.
William Shatner expressed his exciting journey through a tweet, a quote from physicist Isaac Newton saying that “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now & then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell that ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
After the historic joyride, Shartner said that the experience was unbelievable and he is filled with so much emotions. He thanked Jeff Bezos through tears for giving most profound experience in life that he can imagine. He was so overwhelmed with the brief trip and hugged Bezos for giving the opportunity.
Shartner trip was second trip of all civilian crew launched by Blue Origin. First inaugural flight was launched in July with the passengers, Bezos himself, his brother and two other passengers. The New Shepard rocket and capsule manufactured by Blue Origin are designed in for suborbital jaunt which fly to the edge of space instead of entering into orbit around the earth.
The rocket flies at an altitude more than 65 miles which gives weightlessness experience to the passengers. William Shatner made a record to become the oldest person to enjoy such an experience.