Blue Origin kicks off live stream: William Shatner explodes in space on rocket
Watch Star Trek actor William Shatner explode in space in New Shepard live
Blue Origin launched William Shatner into space aboard its New Shepard rocket.
The Star Trek The actor has gone where no 90-year-old man has gone before, becoming the oldest person to ever fly into space.
According to a live broadcast of the historic event, Shatner reached an altitude of around 350,000 feet and a speed of around 2,000 mph.
The trip lasted about 10 minutes, when the capsule fell back to Earth with a parachute.
The New Shepard NS-18 flight was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed due to windy weather at the Texas launch site.
Shatner is accompanied on the flight by Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin, Chris Boshuizen, former engineer at NASA, and Glen de Vries, CEO of Medidata.
It comes less than three months after Jeff Bezos made the same 11-minute trip aboard the very first crewed New Shepard rocket.
We’ll have all of the latest launch updates in our live blog below, as well as a live stream from the event on this page.
Blue Origin launch video
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Blue Origin kicks off live stream: Watch Star Trek actor William Shatner explode in space
Blue Origin is preparing to launch William Shatner into space today aboard its New Shepard rocket. The Hollywood icon, who played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies and TV series, will be part of a four-person crew sent into orbit. The 90-year-old will also be the oldest person to ever fly in space. The New Shepard NS-18 flight was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was delayed due to windy weather at the Texas launch site. Its launch is now planned. at 8:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. BST). Sign up for our evening US newsletter here.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 4:24 PM
William Shatner returns to Earth
William Shatner came out of the capsule and he was moved. He tries to tell Jeff Bezos what the experience was like, but the billionaire interrupts him to call for a bottle of champagne and pop it.
“The impression I got, as you pull up,” Shatner said before the interruption.
Finally, the 90-year-old is able to continue: “Everyone on Earth needs to see this,” he says. “It’s amazing … I hope I never get over it.” Hope I maintain what I am feeling now. It’s so much bigger than me and life.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 4:17 PM
The Blue Origin crew exits the capsule
With the capsule securely attached and the stairs in place, the crew of the New Shepard NS-18 are ready to exit the second Blue Origin flight ever as a crew.
Jeff Bezos is one of the friends and family waiting on the ground to greet them.
“Welcome to Earth,” the billionaire shouts through the hatch.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 4:11 PM
Blue Origin’s recovery team on the way
All four crew members appear to have given the go-ahead from their seats by the window, as the Blue Origin recovery team goes to assist them.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 4:05 PM
Landing of the Blue Origin capsule
In a big puff of dust, the Blue Origin pod landed safely in the Texas desert.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 4:02 PM
The Blue Origin rocket returns to Earth
It still looks like CGI every time those reusable rockets land, but the New Shepard NS-18 has successfully returned to Earth.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 3:59 PM
The launch of Blue Origin is “nominal”
Having reached the climax, the New Shepard capsule and rocket thruster are on their way back to Earth.
Blue Origin has described the flight so far as “nominal,” meaning everything went exactly as planned.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 3:56 PM
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 3:51 PM
We took off!
New Shepard has taken off!
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 3:50 PM
T-minus 1 minute
The gantry has retracted and the last checks are completed. Only 60 seconds before launch.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 13, 2021 3:49 PM