James Tiberius Kirk finally entered real space, rather than just on television, yesterday. He did it despite being 90 years old. Actor William Shatner went on to become the oldest astronaut in history, as he was one of four passengers aboard a Blue Origin rocket.
The rocket system is developed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and provides space tourists with a journey that lasted about 10 minutes. The capsule landed safely just after 10:00 local time (16:00 BST). This was after they shot to an altitude of about 65 miles (more than 100 km) above Earth and came to experience weightlessness while they could see the curvature of the Earth.
You can view images from inside their capsule as they experienced weightlessness on the Blue Origin Twitter feed.
This was the RSS First Step trip today. Your mission: find Earth from incredible views in heyday pic.twitter.com/Gzsnkv97K9
– Blue origin (@blueorigin) October 13, 2021
Upon returning to Earth, a clearly excited Shatner was filled with praise for the experience, highlighting how thin Earth’s atmosphere, which gives us life, is understood to be when you see it from up there. He said:
“Everybody in the world needs to do this. It was incredible.”
Sometimes crying after what she had just experienced, she added:
“What you have given me is the most profound experience. I am so full of emotion for what just happened. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can retain what I feel now. I do not wanna lose it “.
“Suddenly, you went through the blue and the black”
– BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 13, 2021
Blue Origin is developing a variety of technologies, with a focus on rocket-powered vertical take-off and vertical landing (VTVL) vehicles to access suborbital and orbital space.
Initially focused on suborbital spaceflight, the company has designed, built and flown multiple test benches of its New Shepard vehicle at its facility in Culberson County, Texas.
They currently employ more than 3,500 people and Bezos has invested more than $ 500 million of his own money in Blue Origin, while selling more than $ 1 billion in Amazon stock to fund the company.
There are unconfirmed reports that an uncontrollable explosion of rage was detected in an all-male San Francisco sauna, at exactly the same moment the capsule reached its peak.