William Shatner became the oldest man in the universe.
Captain Kirk of Star Trek really got into space today. The actor William Shatner, who portrayed him, did not fly on the USS Enterprise, but on the New Origin rocket from Blue Origin.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Shatner commented on his experience during the landing, which went smoothly.
Young William Shatner as Captain Kirk. (source: NBC Television)
The rocket with the crew took off on Wednesday evening at 4.50 pm. Shortly afterwards, it reached the official boundary of the universe, which is one hundred kilometers above the Earth’s surface.
The whole flight lasted about eleven minutes.
William Shatner became the oldest man in the universe. He is 90 years old.
It was only the second manned flight operated by Blue Origin. Billionaire Jeff Bezos, who founded the company, also took part in the first.
Along with “Captain Kirk,” there were three other passengers in the capsule, including Blue Origin Vice President for Missions Audrey Powers and two paying customers.