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The 90-year-old actor flew into space


AmericaWilliam Shatner, actor in the Star Trek series, became the oldest person to fly into space, while making a journey on Jeff Bezos’ ship.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Shatner, a 90-year-old Canadian actor, in tears after finishing an 11-minute flight to the edge of space and back to the Texas desert, USA on October 13.

The New Shepard rocket, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin, took off at 9:49 a.m. (Hanoi time), after two delays. Blue Origin director Audrey Powers, Planet Labs co-director Chris Boshuizen and Medidata Solutions background researcher Glen de Vries were also aboard the New Shepard passenger cabin.

Jeff Bezos was on hand to greet the crew members upon their return, with applause and celebratory champagne.

William Shatner (left) burst into tears next to billionaire Jeff Bezos after landing in the desert in Texas, USA on October 13. Photo: Blue Origin.

The crew spent several minutes in zero gravity while ascending to an altitude of 106 km, 6 km above the internationally recognized Karman space boundary line.

Like about 600 astronauts before him, Shatner was amazed at the experience of zero gravity and the beautiful Earth as seen from space.

“What you gave me was the most impressive experience I could imagine. I was really moved by what happened,” Shatner told Bezos.

In July, Blue Origin had its first passenger flight into space with the participation of billionaire Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, pilot Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old passenger from the Netherlands. youngest space tourism.

William Shatner is best known for his role as Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the sci-fi series Star Trek. The intergalactic voyages of the USS Enterprise drew Americans’ attention to space, as the United States launched its space program.

Thanh Tam (Follow AFP)

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