William Shatner was introduced again right down to Earth Thursday, admitting that he’s “stiff and sore” from his historic rocket journey to the sting of space.
The “Star Trek” actor told the “Today” show that earlier than Wednesday’s Blue Origin flight, he kidded himself that he was like a youthful man, saying, “I’m not 90, I ride horses.”
But “the whole physical experience of mounting that gantry, of getting into that chair, of being weightless, of having 5Gs” proved a actuality examine in his space flight, he mentioned, including that he feared the gravitational pressure would show an excessive amount of for him.
“And suddenly, as I’m coming down, I’m thinking, ‘You know something — I’m 90 years old!’” he admitted.
Even when the g-force was solely at 2G, Shatner mentioned he “couldn’t raise my hand — and that’s not just being 90,” he quipped.
“At 5Gs, everything is just being pressed, and you think, ‘How long can I take this?’” he mentioned, noting the troublesome stretch was fortunately “over in an instant.”
Even after intensive coaching in simulators, “the actual feeling of weightlessness is indescribable,” Shatner instructed the NBC present.
“You’re floating. And I don’t want to turn to certain somersaults, I don’t want to throw Skittles — I want to look out the window!” he mentioned, laughing on the “incredible” expertise that “overwhelmed” him.
Shatner mentioned the journey made him notice that Earth is “so fragile” — as is, it appears, his growing old physique.
“You’re in and out of those chairs using muscles — and in this case, 90-year-old muscles that are unaccustomed” to such exercise, he mentioned.