SHATNER AND CREW'S 11-MINUTE MISSION

SHATNER AND CREW'S 11-MINUTE MISSION

SHATNER AND CREW'S 11-MINUTE MISSION

After a few short delays in the countdown, Blue Origin NS-10 successfully launched into orbit on Wednesday, with Star Trek's William Shatner among its crew of four.

Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations, and paying passengers former Nasa engineer Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, chief executive of the clinical research firm Medidata Solutions, joined Shatner on the flight which reached 60 miles above the Earth. Here's a clip of the quartet enjoying Zero G. 

In the video below, while those around him are whooping and spraying champagne, Shatner is clearly moved by the experience of seeing Earth from above. 

"I hope I never recover from this," said the star who, at 90, is now officially the oldest person to go to space. "I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death. To see the blue color whip by you, and now you’re staring into blackness … everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see this."

Among the many best wishes to Shatner on his voyage was this familiar message from NASA.