William Shatner, who is most known for playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek, has become the oldest person to fly to space as he left Earth on October 13th.
At 90 years-old, William boarded the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule and took off from the Texas dessert along with three other people.
Did William Shatner pay to go to space?
No, William Shatner did not pay for his ticket to go to space.
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.
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.”
Who went to space with William Shatner?
Alongside William and Audrey on the flight were 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.
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.
What is Blue Origin?
Blue Origin, which was founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was created “with the vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth.”
The website states: “In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes that humanity will need to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space.”
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