As an actor in Star Trek during the 1960s, William Shatner spent a lot of time onboard the starship Enterprise as Captain James T. Kirk… that’s on a space set. Now the 90-year-old actor has become the oldest person ever in space.
Shatner was one of four people on board the New Shepard spacecraft owned by Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin. The spacecraft took off on Wednesday just outside a rural town in the US state of Texas.
The spacecraft took about 10 minutes to reach the edge of space. The four astronauts experienced about three to four minutes of weightlessness and travelled above the internationally recognised boundary of space known as the Karman Line, about 62 miles (100km) above Earth, reports News24.
Once the crew returned to Earth in the capsule they landed in, Bezos was the first to greet the team. Shatner and Bezos had a lengthy conversation about the experience that the actor called “profound”.
“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened.”
Watch the CBS Evening video below for more on William Shatner’s trip to space onboard a Blue Origin spacecraft.
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