William Shatner descended from a Blue Origin space capsule on Wednesday overwhelmed by the experience ofaboard the company’s rocket.
The 90-year-old actor and “Star Trek” star was moved – and at times at a loss for words – as he stood at the landing site in the West Texas desert, describing the flying to the man who made it possible.
“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” he told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, who hugged him and held onto him. sides of Shatner just after the space flight. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s just, it’s extraordinary, extraordinary. I hope I will never get over it. I hope I can keep this going. that I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. “
Shatner described the 10-minute ascent to the edge of space and back – and what he saw 65 miles above Earth – as “incredible.” He said he was struck by the austere “ugliness” of the darkness compared to the blue and white of our planet.
“Everyone in the world has to do it,” Shatner said. “It was amazing, amazing.… Seeing the blue overhead blanket go by and you stare at the black, that’s the thing. The blue blanket, that sheet, that blanket, that blue duvet that we have around us, we think, oh , it’s blue sky, and then all of a sudden you’re pulling through everything like you’re pulling off a sheet when you’re sleeping, and you’re looking in the dark. “
“It’s so, so much bigger than me and life,” he said. “It has nothing to do with a little green planet, a blue orb, it has to do with the enormity and the speed and the suddenness of life and death. Oh my God.”
The New Shepard capsule is fitted with some of the largest windows on a spacecraft currently in flight, giving Shatner and his teammates hemispherical views of the Earth far below. He said the weightlessness he felt in flight was “weird”, but “not as weird as the blanket of blue”.
“This is what I was not expecting,” he said.
“It’s one thing to say, oh, the sky, and (it’s) fragile, it’s very true. But what … is unknown until you do, is that there is this pure, soft blue. Look at the beauty of this color! And it’s so thin, and you’re there in an instant. “
A video posted after the flight showed Shatner and his teammates floating in the cabin and focusing on the outside view from above Earth. Shatner appeared mesmerized, gazing quietly into the darkness of space and the brilliant planet 65 miles below.
Shatner has been invited to fly into space as a guest of Blue Origin. He flew alongside three other teammates: Australian entrepreneur Chris Boshuizen, microbiologist Glen de Vries and Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers.