CAPTAIN MIRK, AKA WILLIAM SHATNER, ACTUALLY GOES UP INTO SPACE FOR REALS
So I’m a little appalled to realize that Captain Kirk, I mean William Shatner, is now 90 years old. Frankly, it’s amazing he is still alive, considering how many of his fellow TOS Star Trek costars are no longer with us. 90 is old, literally venerable. And for Star Trek fans, William Shatner is an icon, hero and still worth celebrating crazy personage. And, well, I happen to be one, with the degree of that truth dependent on the day. But even I am blown away that William Shatner has gone to space at his age. I’m also intensely jealous!
NOW 90 YEARS OLD, CAPTAIN SHATNER UNDURED 5 GEES OF THRUST, NOW OLDEST EVER IN ORBIT
So going way, way back in geek timeline, I can safely say that I would never have imagined that Captain Kirk would go to space for real. That’s a fantasy beyond even where no man has gone before. But Shatner has managed to achieve the dream, and it’s quite the dream. The trip to space entailed a 10 minute ride which involved truly crushing g forces on the way up. Fellow passengers described it as face-bending. As in, the skin on your face is pulled back in a brutal bend as it suddenly weighs ten times as much. That just might cause some new wrinkles!
LIKE ORIGINAL CAPTAIN KIRK, YOU LIKELY QUALIFY PHYSICALLY TO GO, BUT THERE IS A PRICE
The trip, and ship, are part of a space tourism service provided by Blue Origin, the company funded by Jeff Bezos. Shatner, I mean Captain Kirk, is now the oldest person to ever be in space, beating out 82-year-old Wally Funk, who flew up into near-orbit last July. But if you want to be a real astronaut too, it’s an option now. Blue Origin’s ship, New Shepherd, only has a few requirements. You have to be at least 18, between 5 feet and 6’4” tall, between 110-223 pounds. Oh, and you have to be able to walk up 7 flights of stairs in 90 seconds.
Oh, but there may be a little something about cost. It may hurt worse than weighing 1,000 pounds at boost.