William Shatner has become the oldest person to go to space after he boarded a Blue Origin flight away from Earth on October 13th.
Alongside William on the flight were Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Chris Boshuizen, who co-founded the Earth-imaging satellite company Planet, and Glen de Vries, an executive with the French healthcare software corporation Dassault Systèmes.
Upon hearing the news that the Star Trek actor went to space, the internet has pretty much exploded with memes and jokes about the situation.
William Shatner boards Blue Origin space flight
Upon returning to Earth, William told Jeff Bezos that the trip was “unbelievable” and something “everybody in the world needs to do.”
He added: “What you have given me is the most profound experience. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can retain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Star Trek actor, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, didn’t pay for their tickets. They are instead listed as guests on the flight.
The passengers were given a couple of days’ training, although there was nothing major for them to do during the flight as the rocket and capsule system is fully automatic.