Canadian actor William Shatner has become the oldest person to travel in space at the age of 90. The second space flight of Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin’s New Shepherd rocket has also been successfully completed. Four people, including William, took part in this flight. Apart from 90-year-old William, Audrey Powers of Blue Origin, Glen de Rees of French company Dasso Systems and Chris Boshuigen, co-founder of Earth Observation Company, also flew into space.
Going 351,186 feet above Earth, the astronauts spent three minutes in zero gravity and experienced weightlessness. The NS18 rocket took off at 8:20 pm IST and was telecasted live on Blue Origin’s website. Though the journey was just 10 minutes 17 seconds, it was an experience never to be forgotten for the crew. The price of tickets for Blue Origin’s space flight has not been disclosed yet.
Jeff Bezos was involved in the first flight
Company owner Jeff Bezos was also present along with the crew while sharing their experience outside Earth after the space journey. The company launched the first space flight on July 20. The company’s owner Jeff Bezos himself took part in Blue Origin’s first manned space mission. He was accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old NASA’s Volley Funk, and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Damen, who bought a ticket to the auction.
William Shatner becomes oldest person
After the first space mission, Volley became the oldest astronaut to travel to space. Now this title has been won by 90-year-old William Shatner. He played the character of Captain James T Kirk in the famous TV series Star Track in the 60s. Apart from Jeff Bezos, billionaires going to space include Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson. Although some people argue that if his flight was to the limit of space, then it should be called space flight or not.