Aboard a Blue Origin capsule, Star Trek actor William Shatner lived in space "the most intense experience" of his life

The 90-year-old Canadian, accompanied by three other passengers, spent ten minutes in space.

William Shatner has just broken an impressive record. Known for his acting career, he is the unforgettable Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series, the Canadian is now, at 90 years old, the oldest person in history to have been in space. On board a Blue Origin capsule, the nonagenarian assured to have lived “the most intense experience” of his life.

“What you have given me is the most intense experience I can imagine. I am so moved by what just happened. It is extraordinary,” he said, stepping out of the capsule. of Blue Origin, to Jeff Bezos, founder of the company, who welcomed him. “Everyone has to do this,” added William Shatner.

It was a little before 5 p.m. that the American company’s rocket launched from a base in Texas. The rocket took off vertically on Wednesday, then the capsule broke off in flight, and thus propelled, passed the Karman line which marks, at an altitude of 100 km, the border of space according to the international convention. It then began a free fall to fall back to Earth, slowed down in particular by three huge parachutes. The flight lasted a total of only ten minutes.

Four people on board

Besides the Canadian actor, three other passengers were on board. Chris Boshuizen is a former NASA engineer and the co-founder of Planet Labs, an American company that photographs the Earth in high resolution every day using satellites.

Glen de Vries is the co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a company specializing in clinical trial monitoring software for the pharmaceutical industry. Both paid for the trip (amount was not disclosed).

Finally, Audrey Powers, a manager of Blue Origin responsible in particular for flight operations and maintenance of the rocket, completed the crew.

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