‘Star Trek’ Fame William Shatner, who at the age of 90, has become the world’s oldest astronaut ever, cried as he returned from his space voyage, saying it was “extraordinary”.
Shatner has broken the record of aviation pioneer Wally Funk, becoming the oldest person to fly in space at the age of 83. The fully automated and reusable New Shepard rocket’s booster and capsule landed separately, with the capsule landing in a parachute in the West Texas desert within minutes of its launch into space.
Speaking to Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos after the flight, he said: “I’m filled with emotions about what just happened. It’s extraordinary, extraordinary.
“I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much bigger than me and life.”
Shatner said it was the most “profound experience I could imagine.”
‘Star Trek’ actor The trip was described as a “life changing” moment.
He said in a livestream video of the event: “It’s life changing in its own way, not because of the Hawaiian adventure, but because of the people I’m meeting.
“We are just at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is – how extraordinary it is to be a part of that beginning.”
The crew made it to an altitude of about 66 miles on suborbital flight and felt weightlessness.
But after a few minutes, they began their descent and their capsule headed back to Earth. The crew descended into the desert at a speed of about 15mph.
It was later confirmed that the astronauts were fine after the flight, and a recovery team was dispatched to retrieve them from the capsule.
Jeff first opened the hatch so they could land, and the billionaire shouted: “Welcome to Earth!”