William Shatner’s Historic Space Flight Receiving a Documentary Special

by Josh Lanier
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

You can see William Shatner in space again, but this time it’s for real. Amazon is making a documentary about the Star Trek actor’s recent trip aboard a Blue Origin rocket when he became the oldest person ever in space at 90.

Shatner in Space will premiere on Dec. 15 on Prime Video. It will feature behind-the-scenes videos and interviews about the time Capt. Kirk and three others became real astronauts. Amazon Studios, created by Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, will produce the documentary.

“My time in space was the most profound experience I could have ever imagined,” William Shatner said in a statement to Deadline. “This special documenting my journey gives a dramatic view of that experience, and my hope is that it inspires the world to see we must go to space to save Earth.”

The iconic actor blasted off on Oct. 13 and spent 10 minutes floating in the vacuum of space. Video from inside the New Shepherd capsule shows the newly-minted astronauts as the gravity of the moment hits them. They are God’s lonely crew, watching sentry over all humanity — past and present — gazing down on all that will ever be.

“I am so filled with emotion. It was extraordinary,” Shatner said after landing. “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now — I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life.”

Shatner was the first entertainment celebrity to reach escape velocity. Michael Strahan, former NFL great and current Good Morning America co-host, will also lift off later this week.

William Shatner: We Must Do More to Protect The Planet

William Shatner said the experience overwhelmed him. It was all too much to take in. But something hit him square: The Earth is a fragile paradise amidst a wasteland, and we must protect it.

“I wish I had better news and more entertainment and jokes to tell you, but I was moved to tears by what I saw,” Shanter told CNN. “And I come back filled with … overwhelmed by sadness and empathy for this beautiful thing we call Earth.”

The hard part for Shatner, though, is translating that experience. Maybe the documentary can help him express what he saw and felt while he was suspended from such a precarious perch.

“Well, you know, the whole effect of going into space and seeing what very few people have seen,” he told Jimmy Fallon. “And there is no frame of reference. How do you describe weightlessness? How do you describe seeing palpable darkness, blackness of space where there is no filter of dust, or dirt, or reflections of light? It’s there. … It’s evil — It seems like the monster.

“And then you look down and you see this precious thing. This warm, nurturing Earth, and you see death and life and you descend, and then you’re overwhelmed by the possibility of the Earth ending in a short while. And your life is in front of you.”