The headline reads, "UPDATE: William Shatner Makes History as Oldest Person in Space" but the video of when William Shatner is getting deep about his experience and how Jeff Bezos is distracted by a champagne bottle popping is sad. Poor Bill.
Still, if you look at the entire clip of the post launch and landing experience, William Shatner is given his time to reveal this full circle moment and how life changing it was, with Jeff Bezos full attention.
We just want to always know that our Seniors are given their respect when they are in their moment. As much as many may see this as Jeff Bezos being a billionaire douche and using it at a publicity stunt for his space tourist venture, which could still be true, we love that Captain Kirk got this experience. Check out his reaction below.
Captain Kirk and crew hopped on Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule Wednesday morning and successfully blasted off into space ... never mind a couple of delays due to "vehicle readiness." Shatner himself said he got more nervous with each delay.
The 90-year-old and the other 3 crew members experienced 4 minutes of weightlessness before the capsule ultimately parachuted and landed safely in the west Texas desert at exactly 9:59 AM CT. Shatner gave a thumbs up before exiting the capsule.
Jeff Bezos opened the hatch, poked his head inside the capsule and greeted the newest astronauts. Shatner was second to exit and he said "Wow" before hugging Bezos.
Shatner started describing his experience to Bezos but he was briefly interrupted when Bezos popped open a bottle of champagne. Shatner turned down the bubbly. He later became visibly emotional and poetically described the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
He said, "What you have given me is the most profound experience I could imagine. I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me, and life." Shatner also urged Bezos to make this experience widely available ... even if it means using 3D technology.
Shatner became theoldest personto ever go up into space ... beating out 82-year-old test pilot Wally Funk ... who joined Bezos, his brother, Mark, and recent HS grad Oliver Daemen, when they took Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule up for its premiere launch in July.