A Blue Origin rocket flew off Wednesday from Texas for a few minutes in space, with an iconic passenger on board: William Shatner, who played the famous Captain Kirk in the “Star Trek” series.
Successful trip. A Blue Origin rocket took off, Wednesday, October 13, from Texas for a few minutes in space, with an iconic passenger on board: William Shatner, who played the famous Captain Kirk in the series Star Trek. At 90, he became the oldest person to reach space, and was accompanied by three other passengers.
“What you have given me is the most intense experience I can imagine. I am so moved by what just happened. It is extraordinary.”
William Shatner to Jeff Bezos
This is the second flight with passengers on board for the rocket owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos. The latter had made the trip himself in July. Long led by state agencies, this conquest of space is now increasingly supported by private companies. And William Shatner ensures, again, the promotion.
This boom is criticized for its environmental impact, at a time when humanity must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to fight against global warming. “Beyond the obscenity of an operation aiming to satisfy the dream of a single individual, these excursions anchor the idea that space is a commodity. They also consume matter and energy and have environmental consequences that would increase. considerably if this space tourism were to be the object of a wider trade “, explained in September 2020 three scientists on franceinfo.
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