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Star Trek's William Shatner, 90, is the oldest person EVER in space as he and three others spend three minutes 65 miles above Earth: Tearful actor tells Jeff Bezos 'I hope I never recover from this'

Star Trek's William Shatner has become the oldest person in space at the age of 90 - and he's come back with one message: 'Everybody in the world needs to see this'. Shatner and newly minted astronauts Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries and Audrey Powers stepped out of the New Shepard's iconic white capsule in West Texas following their first mission to the final frontier, where they spent three minutes in zero-gravity after reaching an altitude of roughly 350,000ft and a velocity of about 2,000mph. Pictured: Jeff Bezos greets the newly minted astronauts as they exit the capsule after their trip

The countdown clock paused for about 30 minutes this morning so that mission personnel could monitor some winds in the area, but things are now back on track for the launch of actor William Shatner and three other passengers into space today at about 10:35 am, EST.

It’s the second crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, which will lift off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One, near the West Texas town of Van Horn. A live webcast of the mission can be seen above.

The countdown clock paused for about 30 minutes this morning so that mission personnel could monitor some winds in the area, but things are now back on track for the launch of actor William Shatner and three other passengers into space today at about 10:35 am, EST.

It’s the second crewed flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, which will lift off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One, near the West Texas town of Van Horn. A live webcast of the mission can be seen above.

Today’s mission comes 12 weeks after Blue Origin’s first-ever crewed launch, which carried to space the company’s founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen.

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William Shatner climbs aboard Blue Origin, Oct. 13, 2021

If all goes well, TV’s Captain Kirk of “Star Trek” will “return” to space as the oldest person to go at 90 years old — a record previously set by Funk on Blue Origin’s July 20 launch

The New Shepard space capsule made its descent back to Earth over West Texas after the 10-minute flight

Passengers are subjected to nearly 6 G's, or six times the force of Earth's gravity, as the capsule returns to Earth. Shatner added that the the return to Earth was more jolting than his training led him to expect and made him wonder whether he was going to make it home alive

Passengers are subjected to nearly 6 G's, or six times the force of Earth's gravity, as the capsule returns to Earth. Shatner added that the the return to Earth was more jolting than his training led him to expect and made him wonder whether he was going to make it home alive

'Hello, astronauts. Welcome to Earth!' Bezos said as he opened the hatch of the New Shepard capsule, named for first American in space, Alan Shepard

'Hello, astronauts. Welcome to Earth!' Bezos said as he opened the hatch of the New Shepard capsule, named for first American in space, Alan Shepard

Shatner shot to fame when he took on the role of James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series in 1966. Left is Shatner, along with Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock

Shatner shot to fame when he took on the role of James T Kirk in the original Star Trek series in 1966. Left is Shatner, along with Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock

WHAT IS THE BLUE ORIGIN ASTRONAUT EXPERIENCE?

The four 'astronauts' piled inside a Rivian  truck to the launch tower 45 minutes before lift-off.

The crew then climbed the tower, rang a bell that hangs at one end of the crossing and were strapped into the fully autonomous 60-foot-tall New Shepard rocket.

New Shepard took off from Blue Origin's Launch Site One in the west Texas town of Van Horn and embarked on the epic journey to the edge of space.

The rocket fired its engines and hovered for a few minutes, allowing the capsule to separate - sending the crew into a weightless freefall. 

New Shepard returned to the ground, landed on the pad in Van Horne where it will be used again.

After three minutes of weightlessness, the crew capsule gradually returned to Earth, slowed down by parachutes and landing on cushioned air bags.

Under Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) guidelines, they won't technically be astronauts, but the word isn't protected, so can call themselves Blue Origin astronauts, or tourist astronauts. t a brief press conference at the launchpad following the epic mission, de Vries said the crew 'had a moment of camaraderie' when they reached space. 

'We actually just put our hands together,' he said. 

Powers chimed in after saying: 'We wanted to memorialize being together, there.'

'And then we enjoyed the view as much as we can,' de Vries said in response.

Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record - set by Wally Funk, 82, on a similar jaunt on a Bezos spaceship in July - by eight years. 

'I wish I had broken the world record in the 10-yard dash, but unfortunately it was how old I was,' he said during the press briefing, responding to a question from a BBC reporter on how it felt to be the oldest person to go to space.  

The trip to the final frontier made the Star Trek star realize the 'vulnerability' of our own planet. 

'This air, which is keeping us alive. It's so thin. It's thinner than your skin. It's a sliver. It's immeasurably small when you think in terms of the universe,' he continued. 'This air — Mars doesn't have it.'  

Blue Origin said Shatner and the rest of the crew met all the medical and physical requirements, including the ability to hustle up and down several flights of steps at the launch tower. Passengers are subjected to nearly 6 G's, or six times the force of Earth's gravity, as the capsule returns to Earth. 

Bezos is a huge 'Star Trek' fan - the Amazon founder had a cameo as an alien in one of the later 'Star Trek' movies - and Shatner rode free as his invited guest. 

Sci-fi fans reveled in the opportunity to see the man best known as Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise boldly go where no actor has gone before.

Shatner's achievement caused worlds to collide, or at least permitting parallel universes to coexist - the utopian spacefaring vision of 'Star Trek' and the evolving, increasingly commercial spot that space holds in the American psyche. 

'This is a pinch-me moment for all of us to see Captain James Tiberius Kirk go to space,' Blue Origin launch commentator Jacki Cortese said at lift off said before liftoff. She said she, like so many others, was drawn to the space business by shows like 'Star Trek.'  

The Blue Origin founder also saw the crew through much of today's pre-flight events: from driving them to the launch tower to greeting each upon post flight.  

The crew launched aboard Blue Origin's 60-foot-tall New Shepard rocket from the company's Launch Site One in Van Horn, Texas at 10:49am  ET.

'Ladies and gentleman it is time to launch this rocket. Godspeed New Shepard,' Cortese said at lift off.

The four members soared more 65 miles above Earth's surface within a little over three minutes of the rocket launching. 

'Ladies and gentleman it is time to launch this rocket. Godspeed New Shepard,' Blue Origin launch commentator Jacki Cortese said at lift off

The crew soared more than 350,000 feet above the space within a little over three minutes of the rocket launching

Blue Origin's rocket took off just after 10:45am ET from the company's Launch Site One facility in Van Horn, Texas
Blue Origin's rocket took off just after 10:45am ET from the company's Launch Site One facility in Van Horn, Texas

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