Canadian actor William Shatner and three others flew into space Wednesday on the second flight made by a spacecraft operated by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.
The fully automated flight lasted about 10 minutes and took all of the civilian crew to fly about 100 kilometers above Earth.
The trip made 90-year-old Shatner the oldest person to ever fly into space. The flight was at once a fitting effort for the actor who has played Captain James T. Kirk in the television and film editions of Star Trek.
“It was very moving (to) me,” Shatner said after landing.
“This experience is something unbelievable.” “I feel so full of joy with what just happened… It’s incredible,” he told Bezos.
“I hope I will never lose this feeling. I hope I can continue to maintain how I feel now,” he added. “I don’t want to lose this feeling.”
Other crew members include former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin vice president and engineer.
Blue Origin made its first commercial flight last July when its founder, Jeff Bezos, and three others undertook a 10-minute suborbital exploration. (lt/ka)