He’s done it. William Shatner officially became the oldest person to visit space and it’s clear the experience had a profound effect on him.
That should almost go without saying right? After all, very few people in history can say they reached zero gravity and literally one person, William Shatner himself, can say they did it at the age of 90-years-old.
The Star Trek icon was able to take the trip thanks to Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Jeff Bezos. Now that Bezos has reduced his responsibilities at Amazon, the billionaire has turned his focus to other endeavors.
After taking the trip himself, Shatner and a few others got the next chance. While Outsider has coverage of the moment his flight entered space and the message the actor dropped, his return is just as touching as his liftoff.
Bezos got the honor of cracking open the capsule’s hatch, and as the crew exits, you can see the wide smile on the entrepreneur’s face. Shatner embraces Bezos right away and takes his time stepping down back onto the Earth’s soil.
William Shatner Delivers First Reaction After Spaceflight
After the actor had a moment to compose himself, he couldn’t help but gush about the trip.
At the age of 90, Shatner knew that time was a limited resource in terms of making a trip like this. Hell, it’s life. Time is a limited resource no matter what you’re age or situation is.
But, as Shatner says himself, this was the experience of a lifetime for a man who has lived quite the life.
“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” Shatner immediately told Bezos. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this.”
That last line about hoping to never recover? Pure gold in a genuine moment. Only what you’d expect from a man like William Shatner. But he didn’t stop there, the actor had plenty more poetic words to add.
“It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb,” Shatner said. “It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.”
Yeah, Shatner knows the Captain Kirk and Star Trek jokes write themselves. You basically can’t talk about this moment without referencing Star Trek. But he makes it absolutely clear that the experience struck him due to seeing the Earth, and life, from a much larger scope, not the idea that he came closer to a cartoon idea of extraterrestrial life.
“I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”