What happened? William Shatner officially became the oldest person to reach space moments after the successful launch of Blue Origin and the landing of the NS-18 Shepherd. The historic flight was originally scheduled for the previous day on October 12, but was postponed to today due to strong winds in the area. There was no such wind on a Wednesday night.
Today's launch was launched online and watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers. NS-18 exploded from Launch Site One in West Texas, and just four minutes later, the four astronauts - Audrey Powers, Chris Buchwezen, Glenn De Vries and William Shatner - were able to break free and experience weightlessness.
The New Shepherd Blue Origin missile successfully completed its fourth mission and landed safely at the correct location without any accidents. The capsule followed the crew a few minutes later and safely returned the passengers to Earth. We haven't received any interior photos of the crew as they experienced weightlessness, but thankfully Blue Origin will be releasing videos or photos soon.
This was the second spaceflight for the Blue Origin crew. It was first conducted in July when Blue Origin launched founder Jeff Bezos with the youngest astronaut in history (Oliver Damen at age 18) and oldest at the time (Governor Funk, 82). Shatner, 90, made the difference to Funk with a successful trip today.
William Shatner is the oldest person to reach space
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