Blue Origin takes Captain Kirk from Star Trek into space

Blue Origin takes Captain Kirk from Star Trek into space

William shatner, known for his role as Captain Kirk from the classic series Star trek, has traveled to space with Blue Origin, the company of Jeff Bezos, the former CEO of Amazon. In this way, the actor of 90 years He has become the oldest person to travel to space, as the aerospace company itself announced earlier this month.

The Blue Origin flight has lasted about 11 minutes after taking off around 4:49 p.m. Spanish peninsular time; that is to say, about 9:49 a.m. in Mexico City. Along with Shatner they also went in the New Shepard Chris Boshuizen, who is a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs; Glen de vries, co-founder of Medidata Solutions; and Audrey powers, manager of Blue Origin.

The flight has reached Kármán line, about 100 kilometers above sea level. Once that altitude is exceeded, we consider that we are in space. Therefore, the four travelers have been able to enjoy the sight of the curvature of the Earth and have felt the zero gravity in their own flesh.

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The four have landed without any problem and it was Bezos himself who opened the capsule to receive them with a hug back to Earth. “Is incredible. Everybody has to see this“Shatner commented after the suborbital flight.” Everything was blue, it’s an incredible experience, “he added. In addition, he said that” everything becomes small when you think of the greatness of the universe “while Bezos nodded when listening to him speak.

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Actor William Shatner, 90, has become the oldest person to travel to space thanks to Blue Origin

Until this launch, the oldest person to travel to space was the astronaut John glenn this recognition was carried in 1998 at the age of 77 years. He had participated in the Mercury 7 program. However, last July, aboard the first manned mission of Blue Origin, he was Wally funk, 82 and Mercury 13 who was denied space flight early in the space race. She stole the title from Glenn; but it barely lasted two months.

As we said, this has been the Blue Origin’s second manned mission. And it is that on July 20 they sent Bezos himself into space on his first suborbital flight. Joining him were his 18-year-old brother Mark, Funk and Oliver Daemen. The young man also became the youngest person to travel into space.

Star Trek’s Captain Kirk goes into space with Blue Origin

The flight was scheduled for 13:30 UTC time; that is, around 3:30 p.m. Spanish peninsular time or 8:30 a.m. Mexico City time. However, it seems that the wind has had to delay a bit the launch of the flight with which the actor who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek finally experienced zero gravity and saw the curvature of the Earth.

In the following video you can see the launch by Blue Origin with Shatner on board: