Actor William Shatner, 90, boarded a Blue Origin spacecraft on a journey to the edge of space and then landed in the Texas desert, becoming the oldest person ever to go into space.
Shatner described the trip, the second for Blue Origin, owned by US billionaire Jeff Bezos, as an “amazing experience.”
According to the Russia Today website, Shatner is one of four passengers on the ten-minute flight that reached the edge of space aboard the 18.3-meter-long “New Shepherd” spacecraft after taking off from the “Blue Origin” launch site at a distance of about 32 metres. kilometers outside the town of Van Horn in Texas.
With the help of parachutes and crew on board, the craft returned to the Texas desert, which raised a cloud of dust.
Shatner got out of the vehicle very cautiously, and Bezos was present and hugged Shatner, who said to him in a conversation that lasted a few minutes, “You gave me the greatest experience of my life … I am overwhelmed with feelings about what just happened.”
The four passengers enjoyed a state of weightlessness for about three to four minutes and crossed the internationally recognized boundary of space known as the Karman Line, about 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface.
This is the second space tourism trip for Blue Origin, which was founded two decades ago.