William Shatner’s Big Day

STAR TrekCaptainWilliam Shatner successfully completed a real Space Voyage, setting two feats: One/ as the world’s oldest EVER astronaut at the amazing age of 90 years young, and Two/ as the first Star Trek actor to boldly go where none of the others have gone before!

Shatner, who immortalised the character Captain James T Kirk in the cult TV series said:

I’ve heard about space for a long time now. I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle

Travelling on the Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket mission was a remarkable 12 weeks after Blue Origin’s first-ever manned launch, which took Amazon boss and planner, Jeff Bezos into space. 

Shatner may have had some extra nerves as the launch was delayed by more than 24 hours due to weather conditions…not the kind of departure lounge he would have wished for. However, all was good, and take off was underway at 3.50pm UK time (10.50am EST).

How It Happened

In a remarkably short, but action packed 10 minute journey, the 90-year-old, looking remarkably youthful, became the world’s oldest astronaut along with three other crew members, including one Australian.

The lithe rocket called New Shepard was originally scheduled for departure at 2:30pm UK time (9:30am EST).

Further nerves were likely as the departure was delayed several times, although the reasons are unknown at this point. However, all was finally well at 3:50pm UK time.

The brief 10 minute journey, rose to a height of 66 miles (106 kilometers).

This height is significant, because it passes the Karman Line, which is the officially recognised boundary of space, which officially begins at a height of 62 miles.

Shatner Quotes Before And After

According to the Sun, William Shatner explained more about how he came to go, and what he felt after:


My friend Jason Erhlick came to me about a year and a half ago and he said he was seeing these rockets with people going into space. And, wouldn’t it be something if Captain Kirk went up there?…And I said, ‘Jason, for God’s sake, man. Nobody cares if Captain Kirk goes to space. It was 55 years ago, man. But I’m doing well, maybe I should go up to space?


What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened…Everybody in the world needs to do this… It’s extraordinary, extraordinary.

Boldly Going Where No First Series Star Trek Actor Will Likely Go..

Being 90 years of age himself, it is hard to see any other original Star Trek series actors following the Captain into space. Maybe it is time for the Next Generation? Any takers Picard?

Author: Londonlad

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