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William Shatner: Star Trek actor becomes oldest person to reach space |  Scientific and technological news

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Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest person to reach space.

The 90-year-old took off from Texas at 3:50 p.m. UK time aboard a Blue Origin rocket – the space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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The capsule landed in the desert around 4:01 p.m. UK time

Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series, spent several minutes on a suborbital flight alongside three others.

Ahead of the launch, Shatner admitted he was “a little scared”.

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The 18-meter New Shepard rocket sent the quartet just above the internationally recognized limit of space known as the Karman Line, reaching approximately 66 miles (106 km).

The reusable rocket detached from the capsule carrying the astronauts and landed vertically on the launch pad.

Shatner experienced weightlessness on his trip to space before three large parachutes gently brought the capsule back to Earth, landing in the desert at around 15 mph.

Bezos opened the capsule hatch as Shatner and the others walked out to the cheers and hugs of their families.

William Shatner: Star Trek actor becomes oldest person to reach space |  Scientific and technological news
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From left to right, Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. Photo: AP

Others on board were NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, clinical research entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin vice president and engineer Audrey Powers.

Blue Origin’s rocket system is called New Shepard, named after astronaut Mercury Alan Shepard who was the first American to go into space.

William Shatner: Star Trek actor becomes oldest person to reach space |  Scientific and technological news
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Blue Origin made its first space tourism flight with Bezos and others on board on July 20

The company aims to attract repeat paying customers in the future and made its first space tourism flight on July 20, when Bezos and three others flew to the edge of space.

Other billionaires are also participating in the space race, including SpaceX by Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic by Richard Branson.

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