“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine.”
These were the words of William Shatner, shortly after returning to Earth from a trip just past the edge of space, during an emotional conversation with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.
The Canadian actor, famously played Captain Kirk on the original television series “Star Trek” added that space flight was “incredible” and something “everyone in the world has to do”.
“It was so moving for me,” said Shatner.
Bezos’ company launched Shatner and three others in a New Shepard rocket on Wednesday, with the crew spending a few minutes in weightlessness during the trip to space and back.
Read the full transcript of what Shatner Bezos shared below or watch the video above.
Shatner: “Everyone in the world has to do this. Everyone in the world has to see it … it was amazing.”
Shatner: “I mean, seeing the little things, the weightlessness and the blue color go by and now you’re staring into the black. That’s the thing. This blue cover is this sheet, this blanket, this blue blanket all around us We think ‘oh, that’s blue sky’ and all of a sudden you shoot through it all of a sudden, as if you were tearing a sheet from yourself in your sleep, and you look into the black – in black ugliness. And you look down, there it is Blue down there and black up there, and there is mother earth and consolation and – is there death?
Shatner: “It was so moving for me. That experience, it was something unbelievable. Yes, weightlessness, I ran out of stomach, that was so strange, but not as strange as the blue cover – I would never have expected that. It’s one thing to say, “Oh heaven … and it’s fragile,” it’s all true. But what’s not true, what’s unknown until you do [go to space] is this pillow, there is this soft blue. Look at the beauty of this color. And it’s so thin and you’re through in no time. How thick is it? Is it a mile? “
Bezos: “The atmosphere depends on how you measure because how it gets thinner, maybe 50 miles.”
Shatner: “So you’re through 50 miles … suddenly you’re through the blue and you’re into black … it’s mysterious and galaxies and stuff, but what you see is black and what you see down there is.” there light, and that’s the difference. “
Star Trek actor William Shatner experiences weightlessness with three other passengers during the climax of the Blue Origin New Shepard NS-18 mission’s suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas, USA in a still from the video dated October 13, 2021.
Blue origin | Reuters
Shatner: “And not to have that? You did something … what you gave me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so touched by what just happened. It is extraordinary from it. I hope that I can keep what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much bigger than me and life, it has nothing to do with the little green-blue ball, with the enormity and the quickness and suddenness of life and death. Oh my god it’s amazing. “
Bezos: “It’s so nice.”
Shatner: “Nice, yes, nice in its own way, but.”
Bezos: “No, I mean your words. It’s just amazing.”
Shatner: “I can’t even begin to say it … what I would like to do is communicate as much as possible, is the danger. The moment you see the vulnerability of everything, it’s so small. This air that keeps us alive is thinner than your skin. It’s a splinter; it’s immeasurably small when you think of the universe. It’s negligible, this air. Mars has none, nothing. I mean if you think of carbon dioxide to oxygen and what is 20% that sustains our life? It’s so thin. “
Bezos: “And you shoot through so quickly.”
Shatner: “So fast! 50 miles.”
Bezos: “And then you’re just in black.”
Shatner: “You are in death.”
Bezos: “This is life.”
Shatner: “And that’s death. Right now is life and that is death. I have seen that.”
Bezos: That’s incredible. “
Shatner: “I’m overwhelmed. I had no idea. You know, we were talking earlier before we said, ‘Well, you know, it will be different.’ Whatever phrase you have, that you have a different view of things? That doesn’t begin to explain, describe, for me. “
Shatner: “This is the commercial now. It would be so important for everyone to have this experience, in some way – maybe you take it to 3D and wear glasses to have that experience, which is certainly a technical possibility.
Shatner: “We were lying there and I think – one delay after another and we are there – and I think ‘yeah, I’m a little nervous here’. And they moved the page, and ‘oh, there’s something in the engine’ they said, ‘Found an anomaly in the engine … we’re holding on a little longer.’ And I feel that, in the stomach, the biome inside, and I think ‘okay, I think I’m a little nervous here’ and then another delay. By the way, the simulation … it’s just a simulation, everything else is a lot more complicated. “
Bezos: “Don’t get it.”
Shatner: “Don’t catch it … and besides, with the risk of BANG this thing. That wasn’t something like the simulation.”
Bezos: “It’s the G-forces!”
Shatner: “It’s the G-Forces. And you think what will happen to me? Will I be able to survive the G-Forces? ‘ Do you feel that? Will I survive? Good God, just get on the damn [launch tower] Gantry was enough. Oh my god what an experience. “
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