VAN HORN, Texas (NewsNation Now) – William Shatner, 90, teleported on Wednesday for his first real space flight and became the oldest person to ever cross the last frontier.
During a 10-minute journey, Shatner was joined by three other people on Jeff Bezos’ second passenger flight from Blue Origin. Unlike his fictional galactic journeys in “Star Trek,” Shatner was launched from a location in West Texas, southeast of El Paso.
Bezos’ space travel company Blue Origin used the same capsule and rocket Bezos used for his own launch three months ago. The fully automated capsule reached a maximum altitude of about 66 miles before parachuting back into the desert.
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Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic launched the US-based space tourism boom on July 11, aboard his own rocket into space. Bezos followed nine days later aboard his own capsule. Elon Musk remained behind as his company SpaceX launched its first private flight last month, sending a billionaire, a cancer survivor and two ticket winners into orbit.
Last week, the Russians sent an actor and director to the International Space Station to make films.
“We are only at the beginning, but how miraculous this start is. How amazing to be a part of this debut, ”Shatner said in a Blue Origin video posted the day before his flight. “Looks like there’s a lot of curiosity about this fictional character, Captain Kirk, going into space. So let’s go and enjoy the ride.
To complete the crew: Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, and two entrepreneurs, Glen de Vries and Chris Boshuizen, who unsuccessfully bid for a seat on the previous flight with Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Blue Origin has not disclosed the price of its tickets.
Bezos was on hand at the landing site near Van Horn, Texas, to watch the four depart.
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