Beamed up and back down! William Shatner has boldly gone where no man at his age has gone before. On Wednesday, the 90-year-old Star Trek star went up with Blue Origin, the company founded by Jeff Bezos, as one of four passengers on board the New Shepard NS-18 ship.
Shatner and the other passengers delayed their trip for a day due to high winds in Texas, where the spaceship was taking off from. While Bezos was not on this trip, he greeted the astronauts and closed the hatch before the vessel took flight.
The foursome safely returned to Earth after just a few minutes in space. Bezos also opened the hatch to welcome the crew back to Earth as their family and friends clapped and cheered behind them.
“In a word, it’s indescribable,” Shatner told Bezos upon landing. “Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see,” he added before getting overcome with emotion and tearing up.
Prior to his journey, Shatner said in a promotional video, “I shall be entranced by the view of space. I want to look at that orb and appreciate its beauty, its tenacity.”
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