This Wednesday will not be one more in the life of William Shatner. The actor known for having played the Captain Kirk in the saga of Star Trek he fulfilled a very particular dream, at the age of 90. From the hand of Jeff Bezos, became the oldest person to make a trip into space. He did it aboard a capsule created by the owner of Amazon.
The original idea was that the ship Blue Origin It took off from Texas on Sunday, but the plan was complicated by the strong winds that hit the region. Thus, it was rescheduled for this day, in which Shatner stated: “I will be surprised to see the space. I want to look at the globe and appreciate its beauty and toughness. “. The tour did not last more than 10 minutes and was accompanied by Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of Planet; and Glen De Vries, executive of Dassault Systèmes.
Before getting in the capsule, Shatner and his crewmates had to train themselves to know how to react to an eventual emergency and to be able to recognize the noises of the trip. However, it should be noted that the system by which they made the trip was completely automatic. “It is unlike anything I have ever felt before”, he pointed Shatner upon returning to Earth.
It was the second flight made by the company Bezos, who on July 20 traveled with his brother Mark, The dutch Oliver Daemen and the aviator Wally Funk. The latter, 82, lost the record for the oldest person to reach space at the hands of Shatner. The objective of the takeoff was to overcome the Karman line, which separates the Earth’s atmosphere from outer space, and travel 100 more kilometers. In that time, the crew members enjoyed a few minutes of weightlessness, before returning to Earth.
The complaints against Jeff Bezos
The space flight of William Shatner, along with the one that took place on July 20, they were not carried out without a controversy as a context. Is that, some former employees of Blue Origin they denounced the company Bezos for their toxic work culture but also for not respecting the security protocols necessary to carry out this type of trip. This was flatly denied by the company.
“That has not been my experience in Blue“, assured Powers, which not only accompanied Shatner He was also one of the people responsible for the mission and operations of the flight. It also ruled: “We are extremely thorough, from the early days until now, when we begin our flights with humans. Safety has always been our top priority “.