William Shatner poured his heart out on camera after climbing to the edge of space on Wednesday.
Shatner, who spent decades playing Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek,” took off at 10:49 am ET on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, then soared 62 miles above. from Earth in 11 minutes of space flight.
He and the three other passengers on the ship – former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, healthcare entrepreneur Glen de Vries and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers – lived through several minutes of weightlessness and saw the curvature of the Earth before descending towards the ground.
After landing in the Texas desert and exiting the spaceship, an emotional Shatner shared his reactions with Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000.
“What you have given me is the most profound experience. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s amazing,” Shatner said in tears. “I hope I never get over it. I hope I can hold on to what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much bigger than me and life. It has nothing to do with it. little green men … it has to do with the enormity and the swiftness and the suddenness of life and death. “
Shatner said he was stunned by the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. At one point during his post-flight reflection, he covered his face and wiped away his tears.
“Look at the beauty of this color. And it’s so fine. And you walk through it in an instant,” he said. “Suddenly you’re through the blue and you’re in the dark.”
Shatner added, “You look in the dark, in the black ugliness. And you look down – there is blue there and black up there. There is Mother Earth and comfort, and there is is – is there death? I don’t do it Is it death? Is this how death is? It was so touching, this experience.
At 90, Shatner is now the oldest person to ever fly in space.
Many astronauts who have seen Earth from space have described overwhelming feelings of awe, oneness with the rest of humanity, and appreciation for the fragility of our planet. Experts call this the “overall effect”.
“I can’t even begin to express – What I’d like to do is communicate the danger as much as possible, the moment you see the vulnerability of everything. It’s so small. This tune that keeps us alive. is thinner than yours. It’s a shard. It’s infinitely small when you think of it in terms of the universe. It’s negligible, that air. Mars doesn’t have it, “he said.” C ‘is so fine. To make it dirty – I mean it’s another whole- “
Bezos interrupts him to note how fast the spacecraft is rising above the atmosphere. “And then you’re just in the dark,” Bezos said.
“You are in death!” Shatner responded. “This is life, and this is death. And in an instant you’re like, ‘Oh, this is death!’ This is what I saw. “
You can watch Shatner share his thoughts with Bezos in Blue Origin’s flight broadcast, below.
“Everyone in the world has to do it,” Shatner said. “Everyone needs to see.”
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