90-year-old William Shatner, famous for playing Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, shot into space on Wednesday. He was aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company which allowed Shatner to reach the “final frontier”. Shatner, the “Star Trek” hero officially became the oldest person to ride on a rocket. He beat the previous record set by a passenger on a Bezos ship in July by eight years.
Shatner was dressed in a royal blue flight suit and was accompanied by three other passengers. However, the other passengers were decades younger. The capsule is fully automated and took off from West Texas for a trip that lasted 10 minutes or so. The shuttle was aiming for an altitude of 66 miles and would then descend slowly with the help of parachutes.
Many sci-fi fans were ecstatic to witness the man best known as Capt. James T. Kirk to boldly go where no star of American TV has gone before. Shatner commented on the event saying “The only thing I don’t want to see is a little gremlin looking back at me,” as he was jokingly referring to the plot of his 1963 “Twilight Zone”.
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