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‘Star Trek’ captain Shatner becomes ‘oldest astronaut’ at age 90

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11-minute space trip on the ‘New Shepard’
Thanks to Bezos for meeting me

Actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the American drama ‘Star Trek’, is surprised as he briefly experienced weightlessness while flying in space on the US space company Blue Origin’s ‘New Shepard’ on the 13th. blue origin youtube capture

Actor William Shatner (90), who traveled the universe in the play as Captain Kirk, the main character in the popular American drama ‘Star Trek’ series, successfully completed his space travel in reality. According to the Associated Press, Shatner completed an 11-minute sub-orbital space trip to land on the ground after climbing 107 km from the desert in southern Texas aboard the US space company Blue Origin’s ‘New Shepard’ on the 13th (local time). Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, who said he played impersonating Captain Kirk as a child as the founder of Blue Origin, came to the landing site to meet Shatner. Shatner hugged Bezos as he popped champagne and congratulated him on his safe return, saying, “You gave me the most profound experience. I don’t want to wake up again and I don’t want to get out.” In particular, he said that he reflected on the meaning of death while looking at the universe full of pitch-black darkness.

Star Trek fans around the world congratulated Shatner on a successful space trip, flaunting his old age at the age of 90, citing Captain Kirk’s famous line, ‘Danger is our job and why we ride a spaceship’ on social media. This space trip made Shatner the ‘oldest astronaut’. The previous record was held by female astronaut Wally Funk, 82, who accompanied Bezos on his own space trip in July of this year.

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