14 Oct. 2021 09:01 o’clock
The Canadian actor William Shatner alias Captain Kirk from the successful US television series “Raumschiff Enterprise” actually flew into space for the first time. The 90-year-old is now the oldest person in space history to ever travel to space.
On Wednesday, the film star took a ten-minute excursion into space on board a “New Shepard” space capsule from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company. Former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, entrepreneur Glen de Vries and Blue Origin deputy head Audrey Powers flew with Shatner. The space capsule, which took off and landed in the western Texas desert, flies largely automatically and reaches a height of around 107 kilometers above the earth.
The manned suborbital flight, which was actually planned for Tuesday, had been postponed for a day due to stronger winds. Due to numerous technical checks, the start on Wednesday was postponed by more than an hour. The flight was broadcast live on the Internet.
It is the second manned flight of the “New Shepard”. On the first flight in July, Bezos was on board himself, along with his brother Mark, an 82-year-old former US pilot and an 18-year-old Dutchman. This time Bezos personally brought his four passengers to the capsule and picked them up again after landing.
William Shatner became world famous for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the American science fiction television series “Raumschiff Enterprise” (“Star Trek”), which he took over for the first time in 1966. Since summer 2021, Shatner has also hosted the show I Don’t Understand RT America.
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