Actor William Shatner, who portrayed my homeboy Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, became the oldest person to go to space on Wednesday as he took a literal rocket ride with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company.
"Everybody in the world needs to do this," the Canadian actor told Bezos after the Blue Origin craft safely returned to Earth. "It was unbelievable."
"It's just — there is Mother Earth, life and comfort down there and up there," he said gesturing upward, "is it just death? I don't know."
"What you see is black and what you see down there is light."
"What you have given me is the most profound experience," Shatner added, through tears. "I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can retain what I feel now. I don't want to lose it."
Shatner is 90 years old!
Next time you're scared at the idea flying into space, just remember that a nonagenarian did it!
Here's some video:
And the full launch for those interested, timestamped at liftoff:
Way to boldly go, Captain!
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