William Shatner described being significantly struck by how completely different the actual expertise of going into space was from the simulations he ran with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. 

The 90-year-old actor joined Blue Origin Vice President of New Shepard Mission and Flight Operations Audrey Powers in addition to Dr. Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries as they blasted off on the aerospace firm’s newest suborbital spaceflight on Wednesday. The profitable mission makes Shatner the oldest particular person to journey to space. 

After sharing some profound phrases about the expertise as quickly as he touched down in Texas, the former “Star Trek” actor spoke on the “Today” present Thursday the place he defined how the simulations for the flight didn’t essentially put together him for the immensely transferring and bodily taxing expertise. 


William Shatner smiles throughout a media availability at the Blue Origin spaceport close to (*90*) Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.  The “Star Trek” actor and three fellow passengers hurtled to an altitude of 66.5 miles (107 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the totally automated capsule, then safely parachuted again to Earth in a flight that lasted simply over 10 minutes. 
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“We had a simulator, they simulate what they say you’re going to feel and it doesn’t come anywhere near it,” he explained to the hosts. “[They say] ‘Here you’re going to be in weightlessness and you’ve got to grab a hold of something, don’t push too hard with your hands, just use your fingertips because you’ll bounce off the ceiling…’ You can talk about weightlessness all you want but the feeling of weightlessness, the actual feeling of weightlessness is indescribable!”

Shatner continued by noting it was certainly one of the moments he felt his age in comparison with the different three youthful individuals he was on the flight with.


“First of all, your body doesn’t have any pressure, so suddenly your body is expanding,” he defined. “Secondly, you’re floating and I don’t want to turn somersaults, I don’t want to throw Skittles, I want to look out the window!”

He famous throughout a later look on the present that he was not sure if his physique might “endure” a few of the G-force that got here with the flight. 

“At 5 Gs, you’re pressed, the skin is going back and you’re thinking ‘Can I endure this? When will this end?’” he defined. “But it’s over in a moment because you hit this edge of air that’s around us. This 50-mile skin of air that causes the blue sky.”

Earlier in the interview, Shatner defined that he was humbled by the expertise, significantly when it comes to his physical skills at age 90. 

Shatner concluded by echoing a few of the ideas he shared when he initially touched again down on Wednesday, calling the complete expertise “indescribable.”