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Did William Shatner go to Space?

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With his launch, onboard the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule, Hollywood actor William Shatner has become the oldest person to go to space.

The 90-year-old actor, who portrayed Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek films and television series, took off with three other people from the Texas desert.

William Shatner’s flight on the rocket system, which was created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, lasted roughly 10 minutes.

As they rose to a maximum altitude of just over 100 kilometers, those on board experienced a brief sensation of weightlessness (60 miles). They could see the curvature of the Earth via the capsule’s large windows from there.

Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vice president, Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of the Earth-imaging satellite company Planet, and Glen de Vries, an executive with the French healthcare software company Dassault Systèmes, were among those on board.

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William Shatner and his crew were given a couple of days of instruction, but there wasn’t much for them to do during the flight other than relax and enjoy it. New Shepard, the rocket and capsule system, is totally automated.

The capsule was quickly surrounded by ground teams when it landed in the Texan desert. Mr. Bezos himself peered through the hatch to ensure that everyone inside was safe.

The crew formed a queue to get their Blue Origin astronaut pins after immediate celebrations with relatives and friends.

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