On Wednesday morning, Hollywood icon William Shatner launched into space aboard a Blue Origin flight becoming the oldest person ever to travel into space while on the journey.
The Star Trek star is used to traveling the cosmos while on television and in the movies. However, today the Captain Kirk actor turned a lifelong dream into a reality. The Blue Origin flight was supposed to launch yesterday, but heavy winds delayed the journey by a day.
Shatner and three crewmates took off at 9:49 a.m. CT this morning from Blue Origin’s Texas launch site. The aerospace company founded by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos sent the four crew members on a short 10-minute trip to space. The hydrogen-fueled rocket climbed to the edge of space around 62 miles above the Earth.
While there, William Shatner and the crew spent about four minutes taking in amazing views of our planet. Of course, the crew got to experience weightlessness while floating in zero gravity within the ship’s capsule. Then, the capsule fell back to Earth with the assistance of parachutes.
It’s only the second launch with a crew of people aboard since Bezos and three others took flight on July 20. Bezos took 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk along who broke the record for oldest individual in space. But 90-year-old Shatner broke her record during today’s flight.
“I want to see space, I want to see the Earth, I want to see what we need to do to save Earth. I want to have a perspective that hasn’t been shown to me before. That’s what I’m interested in seeing,” Shatner told CBS Mornings‘ Gayle King previous to today’s launch.
William Shatner Admitted He’s ‘Terrified’ To Travel To Space
While making an appearance at New York Comic-Con last week, William Shatner opened up about his upcoming trip to space. While speaking to a crowd on Thursday, the TV and movie star admitted he may be comfortable with going to space on film, but in reality he’s “terrified” of the real thing.
“I’m Captain Kirk, and I’m terrified going to space,” Shatner admitted at NYCC. “You know, I’m not really terrified. Yes I am. It comes and goes like a summer cold.”
Shatner explained that he’d only have a few minutes to take everything in before returning to Earth. He said he looked forward to pressing his nose against the window and viewing the Earth from above. But he joked that he hopes no one else is up there looking back through his ship’s window at him.
“You have three minutes to look into the abscess of space and the beauty of this oasis of Earth, and I was planning on pressing my nose against the window, you know? And my only hope was I wouldn’t see somebody else looking back,” Shatner said with a laugh, according to PEOPLE.