William Shatner makes history with Blue Origin's successful space mission

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Life officially imitated art as William Shatner made history as the oldest person to ever be in space.

Captain Kirk and his crew jumped aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule on Wednesday morning and successfully lifted off into space … not to mention the few delays due to “vehicle readiness”. Shatner himself said he gets more nervous with each delay.

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The 90-year-old man and the 3 other crew members experienced 4 minutes of weightlessness before the capsule was finally parachuted and landed safely in the West Texas Desert at exactly 9:59 a.m. CT. Shatner raised his thumb before stepping out of the capsule.

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Jeff Bezos opened the hatch, poked his head inside the capsule and greeted the new astronauts. Shatner was the second out and he said “Wow” before hugging Bezos.

Shatner began to describe his experience at Bezos, but was briefly interrupted when Bezos opened a bottle of champagne. Shatner refused the champagne. He later became visibly emotional and poetically described the experience of a lifetime.

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He said, “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never get over it. Hope I maintain what I am feeling now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much bigger than me, and life. Shatner also urged Bezos to make this experience widely available… even if it means using 3D technology.

Shatner’s crew included the Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations from Blue Origin Audrey Powers, former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen and software mogul Glen de Vries.

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We got our first glimpse of Shatner in the spacesuit moments before takeoff … and while the suit wasn’t as silky smooth as the one he wore on the Enterprise all those years ago, he still had the looks pretty good. He’s really 90?!?!

Bezos drove the space travelers to the launch site in a Rivian electric van, Shatner was stuck with the middle seat, but didn’t seem to care.

Shatner became the oldest person never go into space … beat an 82 year old test pilot Wally Funk … who joined Bezos, his brother, Mark, and recent grad HS Olivier Daemen, when they picked up Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule for its first launch in July.

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As you will recall… this initial crew went into space for about 15 minutes, reached an altitude of 66.5 miles, floated a little weightless while playing with ping-pong balls… then came back down for safe landing.

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Shatner’s civilian flight will be very similar, but our sources say the mission will also be filmed for a documentary. At any time we will have a video from Shatner & co. inside the capsule.

Stay tuned.

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