back to article Shatner breaks the age barrier, goes where no nonagenarian has gone before with Blue Origin rocket trip

Four travelers successfully flew to the edge of space and back on Blue Origin’s second commercial spaceflight including William Shatner, making the 90-year-old Star Trek actor the oldest person to leave Earth yet. The nonagenarian was joined by Audrey Powers, VP of Blue Origin’s New Shepard flight operations, Dr Chris …

  1. Howard Sway Silver badge
    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship

      I'm pretty sure that he just took a ride in a silver machine ...

      Lemmy, I owe you all the beer if we ever meet on the other side ...

      1. Rich 11

        Re: Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship

        When you die you'll have to arrange to be buried with a crate of Jack Daniels!

  2. Doctor Tarr


    Awesome. Quite surreal though. Now I need to know who he snogged and who he fought.

    1. Robert Moore

      Re: NCC-1701

      > Awesome. Quite surreal though. Now I need to know who he snogged and who he fought.

      The Gorn for both.

      1. bombastic bob Silver badge

        Re: NCC-1701

        don't forget the leitmotif music...

      2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

        Re: NCC-1701

        Bezos. Bezos for both.

    2. Mark 85

      Re: NCC-1701

      Quite possible that Bezos snogged him to get him as a passenger just for the publicity.

      1. EricB123 Bronze badge

        Re: NCC-1701

        Only "quite possible"?

  3. Magani

    Next time, an orbit?

    Live long and prosper, Captain Kirk.

  4. Gene Cash Silver badge

    I was going to be mean and small-minded

    and say "out of all the cast why him?"

    But what I really want to say is that I want Nimoy, Kelly, Doohan, to still be with us, and able to take a flight as well. Leonard Nimoy especially had a way with words, and I would have loved to hear what he would have thought.

    People (in the US) say they remember where they were when they heard Kennedy was shot. I remember being in the restaurant for lunch when I saw that Nimoy had passed.

    1. bombastic bob Silver badge

      Re: I was going to be mean and small-minded

      if Walter (Koenig) or George (Takei) get a shot, they'll have to drive

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I was going to be mean and small-minded

        Oh, my.

    2. NetBlackOps

      Re: I was going to be mean and small-minded

      My first thoughts as well. Tipping a brew in Leonard's direction.

    3. MrBanana Silver badge

      Re: I was going to be mean and small-minded

      Don't forget that Sheldon has Nimoy's DNA on the napkin that Penny gave him. We could grow another one when the technology is available.

    4. Sixtiesplastictrektableware

      Re: I was going to be mean and small-minded

      I was a bike messenger when one of the other bikers I worked with let me know. Cold day. Thankful to be born in his time. And yeah... what would Mr.Nimoy speak of looking upon our planet...

  5. jake Silver badge

    A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

    ... in a billionaire's version of a little kiddie's bounce house.

    This is news?

    1. NetBlackOps

      Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

      A bit more energetic launch and you have normies in space. Bob Heinlein wrote that country fair space barnstorming story ages ago. I grew up on those stories. Nice to see the Grand Master hasn't lost his touch in telling human Sci-Fi stories.

    2. awavey

      Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

      Unfortunately the Bezos pr machine is more focused on out SpaceXing SpaceX, than explaining the benefits of this kind of stuff, so that even the royals trying to out environment cred each other can take pot shots at it.

      Reusable rocket technology, and every successful launch & landing improves its reliability & capabilities, will lead to a massive reduction in the costs to access space, cheaper access to space unlocks science & technology knowledge & opportunities for making the Earth a better place,and solve some of the insolvable problems we face.

      These New Shepherd launches are a step on the way to discovery,and bigger things, just like the first forays in aviation history, the Wright brothers or Montgolfiers experiments in flight have led to a global industry of flight that literally saves thousands of peoples lives daily, through better quicker access to emergency healthcare ,medicines,transportation of food and water, fire suppression.

      Shatner in his own words has described the fragility of this planet and its environment that is only something you experience in space, you can call it a joyride on a bouncy castle if you like but this IS inspiring a generation to take up STEM topics and make the world a better place.

      1. graeme leggett Silver badge

        Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

        "the fragility of this planet and its environment that is only something you experience in space,"

        Absolutely. If you get up there and remember what little there is protecting you when you're down on the ground, then you might be minded to look after it a bit better.

        1. ICL1900-G3

          Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

          Good luck with that! Most people would rather have a new Range Rover and let the planet take care of itself, unfortunately.

        2. Cederic Silver badge

          Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

          Or you might realise that the planet has a limited lifespan so if you want the human race to survive, we need to expand beyond it.

          Which is why I disagree with Prince William.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

      Do you HAVE to spread your misery on EVERY NEWS ITEM?

      Enjoy your downvotes.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    TJ Hooker actor just about makes it to space. Doesn't get into orbit. News at 11.

  7. BenDwire Silver badge
    IT Angle

    Red shirt

    I notice that he wasn't brave enough to wear a red shirt !

    1. Dave559 Silver badge

      Re: Red shirt

      It would have been a nice nod if they would have given him a gold coloured jumpsuit, though!

  8. Winkypop Silver badge

    A 90 year old in space you say

    Right now you just know that Elon is trawling nursing homes for potential record breakers.

    Nonna, how do you feel about a day out?

    I’ll get your coat.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A 90 year old in space you say

      He just needs to offer to take Mr Shatner again. He will then have the record for the oldest person in space by however many days between the missions.

      1. phuzz Silver badge

        Re: A 90 year old in space you say

        And all the way into orbit rather than just sub-orbital. Of course, then Bezos will have to one up Musk by flying Shatner round the moon, and so on.

        Poor Shatner! He just wanted a quiet retirement, and now he's going to be used as a way of keeping score between billionaires in a new Space Race.

        1. Rich 11

          Re: A 90 year old in space you say

          He'll have to retire to the Neutral Zone.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: A 90 year old in space you say

          Well, since SpaceX are already planning to send a Japanese artist round the moon in the not too distant future, they can stick Bill on that flight.

  9. Rick Deckard

    Shatter has lived long and Bezos has prospered !

  10. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    They could have given him a yellow shirt

    But I suppose he should be grateful they didn't give him a red one...

  11. Admiral Grace Hopper

    Well, that's Captain Kirk ticked off.

    Now for Captain Kremmen.

    1. W.S.Gosset

      Re: Well, that's Captain Kirk ticked off.

      "Why Carla, what an amazing dress! It's kind of a backless...frontless... topless... bottomless sort of arrangement. What do you call it?"

      "It's a belt, Captain."

    2. macjules

      Re: Well, that's Captain Kirk ticked off.

      Kremmen: Carla! Is that Hortense?

      Carla: I dunno, she looks pretty relaxed to me Captain...

  12. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

    One question

    What did he see on the wing of the spacecraft?

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: One question

      Port or starboard?

      1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge

        Re: One question

        Port. There's Klingons off the starboard bow.

  13. Anonymous South African Coward

    To boldly go...

    ...into spaaaaaaace

  14. 89724102172714182892114I7551670349743096734346773478647892349863592355648544996312855148587659264921

    Yes but did he leave a Captain's Log on the launchpad?


    Shitner Wore Depends

    Shatner was particularly moved by his Amazon Warehouse and Delivery experience.

    “Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see this," he told Bezos the Bald Chimp, choking up.

    "People monitored by tracking-and-timing devices, given no rest, and compelled to pee into soda bottles and to defecate on the side of the road."

    “It was unbelievable.”

    "Fk those dirty, lazy underachievers. You have restored my faith in ruthless greed, overt narcissism, and the upper class."

    1. W.S.Gosset

      Re: Shitner Wore Depends

      Neo-feudalism FTW!

  16. Sixtiesplastictrektableware

    Long March

    Trying to make this brief:

    There's a great episode of The Universe, maybe 808, the title might be 'How Big, How Far, How Fast'. This super pleasant astrophysics guy constructs The Universe on a scale of 1ft:1million miles.

    The Sun becomes an 8 inch bowling ball. The largest star around something like Alpha Centauri (sp?) is a weather balloon with maybe a 40ft diameter. The Earth is a tiny blue bead between his thumb and forefinger. Terrifying. Suddenly my field of f@#*s lay barren. If I wake up alive it's a good day, full stop.

    Shat'll never watch that TV show. Had to drag his ass to space before he knew that fear, but now he does. Plus, his soapbox is bigger, so maybe he'll get that across more than me trying to relate a TV show from eight years ago to you. We gotta get the word out and stop screwing around.

    So happy to have him back on terra-firma.

  17. Zebo-the-Fat

    So... Blue origin can re create what NASA was doing in the 1960's

    Up... down... not even an orbit!

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Not quite. NASA threw away the multi-million dollar launch vehicle each time and didn't bother reusing the flight vehicle either. On the other hand, the electronics and computing powers probably wasn't up to a 1st stage landing with level of likely success, not to mention reliably re-lighting the engines. BO is going slowly compared to SpaceX and both are building on the shoulders of the giants who proceeded them (as NASA themselves did), and they are both doping it better and cheaper. I do hope BO catch up to SpaceX since it's clear the other incumbents don't seem to have a clue how to do re-usability.

      Even ESA are looking at a re-usable demonstrator flight by 2023, although they only signed the development contract (a continuation of something already happing, possibly only in theory at that stage) last December. That'll be a while away, but their roadmap shows a first flight in 2023 and full "flight envelope" test flight in 2025. Sounds a bit optimistic to me. There's a list of all known reusable rocket programmes on wikipedia.

  18. PerlyKing


    I may need to have my ears checked, but I'm sure that when this was mentioned on Radio 4 this morning the newsreader referred to Mr Shatner as "the largest astronaut"!

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Superlative?

      Possibly the same announcer that referred to Mr Cunt, the Hulture Secretary?

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