‘It’s extraordinary’: William Shatner travels to space on Blue Origin rocket

Four people, including “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, traveled to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket on Wednesday morning.

Shatner, 90, who famously portrayed Capt. James T. Kirk from 1966 to 1969 in the original Star Trek series, in several Star Trek movies between 1979 and 1994 and numerous other times over the course of the franchise’s history, became the oldest person to travel into space.


Shatner was accompanied by Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers, and crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries.

Shatner expressed awe after traveling to space on a Blue Origin rocket.

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“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” Shatner told Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos following the flight.

“I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I just, it’s extraordinary. Extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it — it’s so, so much larger than me and life.”

Photos: William Shatner launches to space onboard Blue Origin

Shatner said he saw beautiful soft blue light as the flight traveled further away from Earth before it broke into darkness.

“In an instant you go, ‘Wow, that’s death,’” he said. “That’s what I saw. I am overwhelmed. I had no idea.”

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.