As of October 2021, which star of the science-fiction "Star Trek" TV series has made a journey into space?
Having made a career out of playing an explorer of the cosmos, actor William Shatner - Captain James Kirk of Star Trek fame - really did it on Wednesday (October 14, 2021), becoming at age 90, the oldest person in space abroad a rocketship flown by billionaire Jeff Bezos's company 'Blue Origin'. Shatner was one of four passengers to journey to the edge of space. "What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine," Shatner told Bezos after climbing out of the hatch. "I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don't want to lose it."
The "Star Trek" hero and three fellow passengers soared to an estimated 66 miles (107 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule and then safely parachuted to the desert floor in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.
Shatner and three crewmates enjoyed three to four minutes of weightlessness, along with spectacular views of Earth, before plunging back to a gentle touchdown. Shatner starred in TV's original "Star Trek" from 1966 to 1969, back when the U.S. was in a space race with the U.S.S.R. to have a man on the moon. After that, Shatner went on to appear in a string of "Star Trek" movies.
The jaunt made William Shatner (born on 22 March, 1931), the oldest person to go to space. He eclipsed the previous age record - set by a passenger on a similar trip on a Bezos spaceship in July - by eight years.