Watch: William Shatner, TV’s Capt. Kirk, launches into space [video]


  • William Shatner launched into space on Wednesday.
  • Shatner’s best known for playing Capt. Kirk on Star Trek, meaning he finally reached the final frontier.
  • The 90-year-old sci-fi veteran became the oldest person in space.

Captain Kirk finally reached the final frontier!

Actor William Shatner, best known for his time on Star Trek, launched into space on Wednesday aboard a craft built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

The sci-fi veteran and three other passengers rocketed to an altitude of 66.5 miles in the fully automated capsule. They hovered above the West Texas desert before safely parachuting back to Earth. The flight lasted just over 10 minutes.

“What you have given me is the most profound experience,” Shatner told Bezos after arriving back on Earth. “I hope I never recover from this.”

The actor said it was a moving experience, going from blue sky to the utter blackness of space.

“In an instant, you go, ‘Whoa, that’s death.’ That’s what I saw,” Shatner said.

With his foray into the final frontier, Shatner, 90, became the oldest person in space.

Source: PBS

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