- Jonathan Amos
- Science Correspondent, BBC
Hollywood actor William Shatner became the oldest person to go into space on Wednesday after a tour of the Blue Origin suburbital capsule.
Shatner, 90, played Captain James T. Kirk in movies and television series “Star Trek” (“Star Trek” in Spanish (Spanish)), he was thrilled to get out of the capsule.
“That’s amazing, amazing!”Said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and developer of the Blue Origin program. “I’m full of emotion from what happened, it’s extraordinary,” he said surprisingly.
“I don’t know how the world could be like that, but I look like a little kid playing on the beach when I don’t know the great ocean of truth in front of me,” he said.
He left the Texas desert with three other men. The operation lasted about 10 minutes.
They have experienced the journey A short time without weight On the rise Maximum altitude From 100 km. From there you can see the curve of the Earth through the large windows of the capsule.
Shatner was joined by Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, and Chris Boschison, co-founder of Planet, a satellite imagery company. And Glenn de Vries, executive director of Dassault Systems, a French healthcare software company.
Nothing was more important to them than having fun on the flight, but they had a few days of training. The so-called rocket and capsule system New Shepherd, it’s completely automatic.
Nicholas Patrick, director of Blue Origin Airlines, said the Square team needed to know what to do in an emergency; Identify (and do not interrupt) normal bumps and noises in space flight.
The third part of the training is to teach staff how to behave in zero G (zero gravity): how to move around the cockpit without colliding or colliding with each other, what to use, what to expect and their answer , “The former NASA astronaut explained.
This was Second flight with New Shepherd crew.
The first took place on July 20, bringing Bezos, his brother Mark, Oliver Damon, a young Dutchman, and Wally Funk, a well-known pilot.
The 82-year-old Funk was able to hold the record for being the oldest person in space, and the position is now being offered to Shatner, who assumes that their mission will take place without incident and that they will rise above the Earth’s atmosphere.
The launch is in the midst of a statement that is coming Blue Origin has a toxic working culture and did not follow proper safety protocols.
Allegations made largely anonymously by former and current employees have been strongly refuted.
“That’s not my experience with blue,” replied Audrey Powers, chief of mission and aviation operations.
“From the very beginning when we started flying with people, we have been extremely detailed. Security has always been our priority.”
Shatner is the first person to go to reality from the space version of Star Trek, but three NASA astronauts have gone in opposite directions.
The astronaut appeared in an episode of the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Mike Finke and Terry Wurtz appeared in the final episode of “Enterprise” and starred in the previous Star Trek series,
An incident similar to that of franchise founder Jean Rodenberry and James Duhan, who played Scott in the Montgomery “Scotty” series of early 1960s films. Both were sent into gray space.
The Bezos have invited several people to fly in the new Shepherd, but you usually have to pay for the trip.
His rival in space travel, Richard Branson, has priced the ticket for his Virgin Galactic rocket ($ 250,000), and Amazon founder does not disclose the fees paid by the likes of Boise and De Vers.
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