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Star Trek's William Shatner blasts into space on Blue Origin rocket

by Lester Blair
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William Shatner (Hollywood actor) was the first person in space. He took to the Blue Origin sub-orbital rocket.

With three others, the 90-year-old actor, Captain James T Kirk of Star Trek, took off together from Texas.

About 10 minutes elapsed before Mr. Shatner took off on the rocket-system designed by Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com founder).

It was safe to land just after 10:00 PM local (16:00 BST).

The crew enjoyed a brief moment of weightlessness while they rose to an altitude of approximately 100 km (60 miles). They were then able to view the Earth’s curvature through large windows in the capsule.

After landing on Earth, the Canadian actor said to Mr Bezos that “Everybody needs this.” It was amazing.

He said in tears: “What I have received from you is the most meaningful experience. This is what I feel so overwhelmed by emotion. This is something I will never forget. It is my hope that I will be able to keep what I feel right now. It’s something I do not want to lose.”

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Mr Shatner was joined on the flight by Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president; Chris Boshuizen, who co-founded the Earth-imaging satellite company Planet; and Glen de Vries, an executive with the French healthcare software corporation Dassault Systèmes.

The pilots were provided with a brief training session, but they could not do anything other than to enjoy the flight. New Shepard refers to the rocket and capsule systems as fully-automatic.

Ground teams were quickly deployed to surround the capsule when it arrived in the Texan Desert. The hatch was opened by Mr. Bezos to ensure that everyone in the capsule is safe.

The crew was then able to line up for their Blue Origin astronaut pins after the family and friends celebrations.

The second crewed trip for New Shepard was this one. His brother Mark and Mr Bezos were accompanied by Oliver Daemen (Dutch teenager), Wally Funk (famous aviator), on the 20th July.

Following that Ms Funk (82) was able, at the age of 82, to hold the record for oldest person in outer space. This title has been given to Mr Shatner.

Blue Origin is being launched amid allegations that it has a toxic workplace culture and doesn’t adhere to safety procedures. The claims, mostly made anonymously by current and former employees, have been vigorously denied.

Audrey Powers (who is in charge of mission and flight operations) said, “That just hasn’t been my experience with Blue.”

We are meticulous from our earliest days to now, when we have started human flight. Safety has been our highest priority.

William Shatner might have been the first to take a trip from Star Trek’s Star Trek space station to the real thing, but there have been three Nasa astronauts who have done the same.

Mae Jemison was featured in an episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series, and Terry Virts and Mike Fincke appeared in Enterprise’s final episode. Enterprise is the Star Trek prequel series.

Gene Roddenberry the franchise creator and James Doohan the actor who played Montgomery Scotty Scott in the 1960s series as well the subsequent movies, provide a link. Their ashes were sent to space by both men.

Space tourism is experiencing a revival right now.

During 2000s, a few high-value people paid for a trip to the International Space Station. However, these flights were cancelled in 2009, after they were orchestrated by the Russian space agency.

The sector is being revived and it appears more resilient this time around, simply because more private companies are chasing this business. This should lower prices and allow for more customers.

In addition to the New Shepard trip organized by Jeff Bezos’, Sir Richard Branson (british entrepreneur) offers rides on his Virgin Galactic rocket aircraft.

Then there is Elon Musk. His Dragon capsule will orbit the Earth and send humans to it for several days, just like the private-funded Inspiration4 crew did last month.

Although Mr Bezos invites people to fly New Shepard on his behalf, he also sells other tickets. And whereas Sir Richard Branson puts a ticket price (from $450,000; £330,000) against the journey, the Amazon founder does not disclose the fees paid by the likes of Mr Boshuizen and Mr de Vries.

Blue Origin plans to fly one crewed flight more this year. There are several crewed flights scheduled for 2022.

Source: BBC.com

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