William Shatner space trip RECAP: Star Trek legend becomes oldest ever astronaut – World News

Star Trek legend William Shatner has become the oldest person ever to go into space at the age of 90.

The trip – on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin capsule New Shepard – lasted around 11 minutes from take off to landing, with those on board spending a few minutes floating around in microgravity.

The capsule then returned safely, touching down in the west Texas desert to be welcomed back to Earth by Bezos himself.

According to a live stream of the historic event, Shatner and his fellow passengers reached an altitude of roughly 350,000ft and a velocity of about 2,000mph.

The actor was joined by an all-civilian crew of former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries and Blue Origin vice president and engineer Audrey Powers.

The Captain Kirk star was seen getting emotional as he tried to put into words what he had experienced.

“Everyone in the world needs to do this,” he told a delighted Bezos, finally.

Prior to the launch, Shatner had said he prepared for his flight by eating some apple pie, and added: “I’m going to see the vastness of space and the extraordinary miracle of our Earth and how fragile it is compared to the forces at work in the universe.”

The iconic actor’s trip into space marks the second human spaceflight for Blue Origin’s tourism and research rocket New Shepard.

The rocket successfully launched Bezos himself into space on its inaugural flight in July.

This live event has now finished

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