The data Star Trek actor William Shatner has declared himself " overwhelmed "at becoming the oldest human in the worldpace, at the age of 90, on a brief but successful second crewed flight Wednesday of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket from the West Texas desert.
The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke down in tears at the landing site as he described to the founder of the private space company, the Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos , the depth of his nearly 11-minute jump to the stars.
"I hope I will never get over it " Shatner said after his landing in the company of three civilian teammates.
"I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It 's amazing, extraordinary. It 's tso taller than me and life. It has nothing to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the swiftness and suddenness of life and death.
"To see the color blue whipping by you, and now you're looking in the dark… everyone in the world has to do it. Everyone in the world needs to see this. "
In a tweet that Shatner scheduled to post during his flight, he has previously likened himself to "a boy playing the seaside ... while the great ocean of truth was all to be discovered in front of me ".
Bezos, who has sold $ 100 million in tickets for future rides and goals to dominate the industryThe nascent space tourism industry, acted as a driver for Shatner and his colleagues on this morning's short trip from the Blue Origin crew seat to the Van Horn launch pad. Blue Origin has not released the price of its tickets for Wednesday's flight. Shatner was invited to ride for free.
57-year-old billionaire Bezos, who was on board the crewed first flight of his own spaceship in July, landed on the launch site for photographs and closed the hatch after the crew entered the capsule about an hour before takeoff at 9:49 a.m. CT (3:49 p.m. BST) into the clear blue Texas sky.
"Guess that's it, huh? " Shatner said, realizing he was about to experience a real space trip afterwards decades of intergala travelfictitious ticks.
Bezos, who used to pretend to be the Captain Kirk when playing with his siblings as children, was also the first to greet the crew after they returned, reopening the hatch and dipping his head into the capsule with the greeting: "Hello astronauts. Welcome to Earth.
Blue Origin workers followed by spraying the crew with champagne once they were out.
Wednesday's flight, named Mission NS-18, the 18th flight in total for the capsule named after Alan Shepard, the first American in space in 1961, was pushed back a day from Tuesday due to high winds, and further delayed from his scheduled time of 8:30 am by unspecified rocket problems .
Shatner has captured the mantle of the oldest traveler in espace of Wally Funk, an 82-year-old former test pilot who flew with Bezos. “Together, we will cross new frontiers and set new records. Godspeed, "said Funk, who trained as a NASA astronaut in the 1960s but never flew, in a pre-flight message read to the crew.
"It's a pinch me so we can all see Captain James Tiberius Kirk go into space," said Jacki Cortese, commentator on the Blue launch Origin, before takeoff. She said that she, like so many others, was drawn to the space sector by shows like Star Trek.
Mark, brother of Jeff Bezos, a third member of the July crew, was more succinct. "You lucky bastards " he said.
US space agency Nasa also tweeted a good luck message to Shatner. " We wish you the best on your flight to space. You are and always will be our friend, "he said.
After separating from its backup rocket, the New Shepard capsule reached a maximum altitude of 66.5 miles, beyond the 100 km (62 mile) Karman Line internationally recognized as the limit of space, giving the crew three to four minutes of weightlessness .
After re-entering the atmosphere, the capsule fell to the ground and performed a soft touch guided by three parachutes for nearly 10 minutes and 30 seconds. after take off. New Shepard's reusable booster landed safely again after nearly eight minutes of flight.
Shatner's other three passengers were Audrey Powers, an executive from Blue Origin; Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and founder of the companyPlanet Labs satellite terrestrial imagery; and Glen de Vries, managing director of clinical research firm Med idata Solutions.
Blue Origin aims to offer regular routes in the suborbital space for paying passengers from next year and has a reservation form on its website for seats in the New Shepard capsule for six people.