(VAN HORN, TX) – Actor William Shatner and his three teammates on Blue Origin’s New Shepard have returned to Earth after an 11-minute trip to space.
Shatner, 90, is the oldest person to ever be in space.
The “Star Trek” star joined Audrey Powers, vice president of mission and flight operations at Blue Origin and former flight controller and engineer at NASA; Chris Boshuizen, co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs and former space mission architect for NASA; and Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a life sciences company.
This was Blue Origin’s second crewed mission to space.
-‘I’m so filled with emotions, said Shatner
-The capsule lands safely
-The capsule separates from the booster
-Shatner flies into space during historic launch
Here is how the news is evolving. All Eastern hours.
October 13, 11:32 a.m.
Bezos pins Shatner and his team
“Welcome to a very small club,” Bezos told the four new astronauts as he attached pins to their suits.
“Oops, this one’s crooked,” Bezos said, trying to pin one on Shatner. “Me too,” Shatner joked back.
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October 13, 11:25 a.m.
“I am so filled with emotion” Shatner says
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, joined his friends and family to greet the astronauts who exited the capsule one by one.
Bezos sprayed bottles of champagne to celebrate the safe and historic launch.
“Everyone in the world has to do it,” Shatner, overwhelmed with emotion, told Bezos.
“It was so moving. It was an incredible experience, ”he said. “The blue over there, the black up there.”
“You did something,” Shatner told Bezos. “What you have given me is the most profound experience. I am so filled with emotion.
“I hope I can maintain what I feel now,” he said. “I don’t want to lose it.”
“I am overwhelmed,” he said. As for the camaraderie with the team, the actor said, “It’s like being in combat together.”
October 13, 11:02 a.m.
The capsule lands safely
The most recent astronauts landed safely around 11 a.m. ET.
This was the second crewed flight for Blue Origin.
October 13, 10:59 a.m.
Booster returns to earth before the capsule
The Thruster returned to Earth after launching Shatner and his crew into space.
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