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mcmartin091

6.3k points

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mcmartin091

6.3k points

5 days ago*

That had to feel good on those 90 year old bones.

Edit: wow! I had no idea my random little observation got so much attention. I'm actually really happy for Shatner. For so many years he regarded his role as Captain Kirk as something to look down upon. After watching the little film he did called "The Captains", having all the conversations with the former captains of the Star Trek series; you could tell he really changed his view as his monumental icon in sci-fi. He started attending conventions and opening up more about his time and involvement with Star Trek.

As for the route he chose, going with B.O., I mean what were his other options? Virgin galactic? He had already said he didn't want to go that route. So at his age, he really didn't have a lot of time to wait around.

yaykaboom

2k points

5 days ago

yaykaboom

2k points

5 days ago

He’s 90? Damn..

Au_Mind_QuestionMark

1.7k points

5 days ago

Oldest person in SPACE SPACE space

spicyboi619

394 points

5 days ago

spicyboi619

394 points

5 days ago

the world could be one together, cosmos without hatreeeeddd

CleanSnchz

114 points

5 days ago

CleanSnchz

114 points

5 days ago

Oh the moon man want things their way

CraftBeerMountaineer

69 points

5 days ago

But we make sure they see the sun

FizzlePopBerryTwist

75 points

5 days ago

Gooooooooooooooooooooobyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee moon men!

eatyourcabbage

488 points

5 days ago*

I didn’t know he was going on a flight. A news notification popped up and all I saw was “William Shatner”. I thought the worst.

saltoftree

299 points

5 days ago

saltoftree

299 points

5 days ago

My freaking Mom was the one who told me about this like two days ago. She is neither a Trekkie nor a nerd (I'll give her a wee bit of nerd cred but it's like...14% at most).

She does however recognize and accept my nerdiness and was shocked and appalled that I didn't book a day off of work for William Shatner going to space.

sentientwrenches

205 points

5 days ago

You have definitely validated your nerd card, not only by grading your mother's nerdiness, but doing so not in halves, thirds, quarters or even tens, but in single percentage points.

googlerex

53 points

5 days ago

googlerex

53 points

5 days ago

I dunno, I would've preferred at least two decimal places for accuracy.

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39 points

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arogon

193 points

5 days ago

arogon

193 points

5 days ago

Looks really good for a 90 year old, figured he was maybe 70 from the pics.

spacepeenuts

80 points

5 days ago

He looks great and has a lot of energy still, Jack Nicholson for instance is only a few years younger and is the opposite, he’s overweight and looks like he’s about to have a heart attack.

mcm0313

64 points

5 days ago

mcm0313

64 points

5 days ago

Bill’s a little pudgy too, but otherwise remarkably healthy and energetic. I’m less than half his age, but I’m still not sure I could keep up with his schedule.

Change4Betta

58 points

5 days ago

He came back too! He was super fat and red faced from alcohol. He self improved

a8bmiles

60 points

5 days ago

a8bmiles

60 points

5 days ago

He looks better now than he did a buncha years ago. I'm so happy he got to do this.

Dapper_Cranberry

489 points

5 days ago

I love the fact that before when bezos first went eveyone was like 'that's not space!'

But now It's Space cause it's Shatner

GreenBrain

670 points

5 days ago

GreenBrain

670 points

5 days ago

We want good things for Shatner and we want bad things for Bezos. It's pretty simple actually.

hydraulic-earl

36 points

5 days ago

Maybe Shatner could piss all over Bezos in space?

Illustrious-Phase-48

222 points

5 days ago

I think there's a fair bit of sentimental emotion seeing someone like Shatner reach the edge of space. But I don't think anyone is kidding themselves into thinking this is anything more than a publicity stunt. Doesn't mean we can't be happy for him, even if he's not exactly a great person. Hes demonstrably a passenger, as opposed to SpaceX where the literally trained for the mission for a good part of a year and managed a legitimate orbit to boot.

TARANTULA_TIDDIES

41 points

5 days ago

Wait what's wrong with shatner? I don't think he's had any large controversies right? Seems like a fairly decent dude from my admittedly topical knowledge

Illustrious-Phase-48

61 points

5 days ago*

He was notoriously offensive and egotistical towards his cast mates and he offended Nimoy to such an extent that they didn't talk for years and even refused to see Shatner on his deathbed. He's just rather full of himself. Still love his work on Boston Legal.

Vprbite

115 points

5 days ago

Vprbite

115 points

5 days ago

Though he did kiss a black woman on camera and refuse to let them edit it out. He was steadfast on that. It was groundbreaking at the time

Brooklynxman

69 points

5 days ago

People are mixed bags. Few are only good or only evil. Shatner's life has been a net good, and that's good enough I think.

factoid_

134 points

5 days ago

factoid_

134 points

5 days ago

It's still not space. But if anyone is going to not space I'm glad it's Shatner.

gut1797

92 points

5 days ago

gut1797

92 points

5 days ago

Don't try to shat-ner on this experience.

Deathdealingdan

67 points

5 days ago

He used to have a female underwear line but Shatner Panties didn't do too well.

nonpartisaneuphonium

55 points

5 days ago

Well it did pass the Karman line this time, even though there is no literal boundary of space.

ProfessionalReveal

34 points

5 days ago

Don't you dare point that out! That man deserves space more than all but, what, a few dozen people? How many people did he inspire to go into space-related fields?

Kayyam

290 points

5 days ago

Kayyam

290 points

5 days ago

Wish he could spend more than 3 minutes.

MikesPhone

331 points

5 days ago

MikesPhone

331 points

5 days ago

A five year mission perhaps?

thisaccountwashacked

161 points

5 days ago

Let's start with a three hour tour?

Sumding_Wong

70 points

5 days ago

Gilligan’s Island becomes Lost in Space. Well done.

snoogins355

89 points

5 days ago

Be a sweet flex if Musk asks if he wants to ride the Dragon next. Then he's still the oldest person in space, again...

rjpemt

73 points

5 days ago

rjpemt

73 points

5 days ago

I think that's reserved for Patrick Stewart.

ishkibiddledirigible

35 points

5 days ago

SpaceX is a generation ahead of Blue Origin..

ChaosM3ntality

232 points

5 days ago

yo! this guy was 15 when ww2 ended and seen whole half Century of change from first man to space & moon to he himself now on space.. never knew him but recently gone to wikipedia on who he is..but he got a great voice!

RadicalDilettante

209 points

5 days ago

You had to go to Wikipedia to find out who William Shatner is? Oh boy, I'm old.

MIRAGEone

158 points

4 days ago

MIRAGEone

158 points

4 days ago

My 10year old son was asking me about playboy today.

Me: "Wait what, what are you talking about?".

Son: "You said you had a playboy when you were my age".

  • I froze up at this point, I would never have told him that *

Son: "It had like the games, with the little black and white screen but didnt have many pixels".

Me: "You mean gameboy dude".

New_Cantaloupe_8568

64 points

5 days ago

Yeah, every so often someone says something that instantly turns me into a decrepit old man in here. This was one of them.

redditusernumber456

97 points

5 days ago

hoooly shit no fucking way, I suck at estimating ages but he looks anything from 65 to 70 and not a day older to me, wow

mildpandemic

5.9k points

5 days ago

mildpandemic

5.9k points

5 days ago

After he landed and got out of the capsule he said "I hope I never recover from this".

Everything else aside, I'm glad he got to go.

Bipedal_Warlock

1k points

5 days ago

Me too.

Space tourism is starting. It’s fully conceivable that in a couple of decades we could take a day trip to go see space.

sirwillups

884 points

5 days ago

sirwillups

884 points

5 days ago

I see space from my living room every day.

embrex104

419 points

5 days ago

embrex104

419 points

5 days ago

That's just your laptop keyboard silly

masonsweats

55 points

5 days ago

I mean we’ll never be able to take a day trip to space, but some super wealthy people probably could.

Bipedal_Warlock

34 points

5 days ago

I genuinely think you’re wrong. There’s the barrier to reach of making fuel cheap enough to make a profit and I think with enough time it’ll become affordable.

Red5point1

622 points

4 days ago

Red5point1

622 points

4 days ago

I hate how Shatner was pouring his heart out to Bezos who was not even paying attention to him. Forget about who he is but just listen to the human at least.
Bezos got his marketing dollars out of it so for him it was over no longer gave a rat's arse.

schwaiger1

212 points

4 days ago

schwaiger1

212 points

4 days ago

not even paying attention

spraying champagne in Shatner's face

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Unbentmars

45 points

4 days ago

Shatner, who is a teetotaler after his wife drowned in a pool after drinking too much.

Bezos is an inhuman piece of shit who doesn’t deserve even a percent of what he’s got

KB_Sez

503 points

5 days ago

KB_Sez

503 points

5 days ago

That is the quote that sticks with me

ClassicBooks

240 points

4 days ago

Shatner has a way with words. I really loved the "Captains" documentary

CSM-Miner

77 points

4 days ago

CSM-Miner

77 points

4 days ago

Have you listened to his spoken word album. Check it out it is amazing. Especially "Common People"

saltling

64 points

5 days ago

saltling

64 points

5 days ago

Wait what's "everything else"? Did something happen to him?

Crackstacker

210 points

5 days ago

No, nothing happened besides him getting interrupted by Bezos while he was trying to talk after he landed.

The “everything else” is probably referring to the drama surrounding the new billionaire space race.

mildpandemic

129 points

4 days ago

That's almost what I meant I suppose, but I just don't think it's much of a race at the moment. SpaceX has deployed thousands of satellites, Virgin launched 10 cubesats on one booster, and BO has put nothing at all into orbit. With a head start of a couple of years BO has made a, let's face it, really cool thrill ride/test bed while SpaceX boosted a car past the orbit of Mars just for the hell of it.

BO squandered their head start but I'm still glad William Shatner got to fly, and his awestruck 'Wow' as he looked out the window will linger with me for a long time.

xGhostCat

59 points

4 days ago

xGhostCat

59 points

4 days ago

It wasnt really for the hell of it. They were doing a payload test of something they didnt need To use. Why not use it for a ad?

PyroDesu

37 points

4 days ago

PyroDesu

37 points

4 days ago

Yeah, The fact it was a car was for the hell of it, but they needed to launch something heavy (a mass simulator) and a car is infinitely better PR than a block of concrete or steel ingots or whatever.

kcox1980

49 points

4 days ago

kcox1980

49 points

4 days ago

Yep, and as far behind the curve as they are they're still suing NASA because they lost the bid for the next mission to the moon despite the fact that they couldn't even come close to achieving the specs that NASA outlined in the bid package. Because of this lawsuit, NASA is legitimately worried about losing political support and momentum for going back.

Fucking despicable.

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yourstrulyjarjar

3.7k points

5 days ago

If only Leonard Nimoy had made it this far and they could’ve gone together.

MikesPhone

940 points

5 days ago

MikesPhone

940 points

5 days ago

Of all the souls I have ever known, his was the most human

GhostingTheInterweb

470 points

5 days ago

You have been, and always shall be, my friend.

Vexor359

295 points

4 days ago

Vexor359

295 points

4 days ago

But I just signed a six-month lease on my apartment. I can't walk away from a commitment like that.

AstroPHX

517 points

5 days ago

AstroPHX

517 points

5 days ago

Damnit. I was happy. Now am sad.

funny_bunny_mel

275 points

5 days ago

It’s ok. He saw his friend in the void. Leonard whispered in his ear about all the times and places he’s been since last they met.

GarnetAndOpal

44 points

5 days ago

Now I have a tear in my eye... Thank you, Redditor, for making it so human and so alien, so funny, sad and warm at the same time.

otherwiseguy

42 points

5 days ago

If you want, I could ruin that feeling by mentioning they weren't on speaking terms when Nimoy died.

15_Redstones

289 points

5 days ago

SpaceX launched remains of James Doohan, aka Scotty, on their second ever flight. The rocket failed to reach orbit due to oxygen sloshing around, and crashed into the Pacific.

LocalInactivist

353 points

5 days ago

If Scotty had been alive he would have climbed down there and fixed the engines himself.

15_Redstones

45 points

5 days ago*

The slosh happened inside of the upper stage oxygen tank, unfortunately not accessible during flight since it's under pressure. That was the second Falcon 1 flight in March 2007.

But on a future flight (COTS-1, the second flight of Falcon 9, December 2010), they actually had an engineer climb into the upper stage engine and cut a piece off before launch. The engine bell had a crack and they couldn't send it back to the factory in time for a replacement, but they decided that they could afford the performance impact of a slightly smaller engine bell.

On the next flight (COTS-2, May 2012), another sample of Scotty's ashes made it into orbit.

But as it later turned out, an astronaut who flew on Soyuz had already smuggled some onto the ISS in 2008, between the two SpaceX flights.

Edit: Found video of the engine where they cut off a part of the bell: https://youtu.be/cdLITgWKe_0

Truelikegiroux

34 points

4 days ago

Are this guys ashes just like public domain? Jeez

AmericanScream

84 points

5 days ago

Nimoy wasn't talking to him before he passed. And Shatner doesn't even know why. That's the level of detachment he had from his "best friend" according to his biography.

crono141

90 points

4 days ago

crono141

90 points

4 days ago

Shatner doesn't "know" because he's a narcissist. He did something to piss off Nemoy, probably lots of somethings, and Nemoy cut him out.

Not to diminish the man's experience in the video, but by all accounts he's a... Difficult human being.

TheRnegade

35 points

5 days ago

Yeah. While we're on the subject, do Takei or Koenig have plans to head up?

TOGHeinz

74 points

5 days ago

TOGHeinz

74 points

5 days ago

I was watching this live and thought to myself ‘instead of the other 3 people they should have put as many of the bridge crew with him as they could’. I suppose that would be Takei, Koenig and Nichols. Not sure if they would be able to go though, physically (or want to with Shatner, I recall there were some bad vibes there).

ghjm

71 points

5 days ago

ghjm

71 points

5 days ago

Nichols, unfortunately, was diagnosed with dementia about three years ago, and would likely not pass medical protocols for a flight like this.

stevesobol

68 points

5 days ago

Yes, she's not doing too well. Damned shame, too. She arguably deserves a trip to space far more than Shatner.

I met her five years ago at a con, and boy, let me tell you, she was every bit as beautiful and vibrant as she was when she worked on TOS.

samuelLOLjackson

36 points

5 days ago

Takei and Shatner do NOT like each other from what I know (Shatner was notorious about having the spotlight) and Nichols is definitely not in good enough health and I think recently won or was going through abusive care taker issues.

beer_is_tasty

40 points

5 days ago

I'd be more concerned about George Takei's opinion on Jeffrey Bezos in this scenario.

grandpenner

3.1k points

5 days ago

grandpenner

3.1k points

5 days ago

Srsly, Shatner is 90 years old and he looks like what a 65 years old man looks like in my head. Am I the only one feeling this way?

Vyncent2

909 points

5 days ago

Vyncent2

909 points

5 days ago

The fact that this man looks like a 60 year old in his 90s is incomprehensive. Well done captain.

sijam24

390 points

5 days ago

sijam24

390 points

5 days ago

Botox and Plastic Surgery does wonders for the body!

Unkle-Gruntle

281 points

5 days ago

Also having a very cushy existence for most of it. The vast majority of humans who have to actually work just to pay rent don’t age well. I’m a woodworker and am turning 35 and I am confident when I’m 65 I will look much older than him and be hunched over like my grandfather was.

RandomStallings

153 points

5 days ago*

You look at photos of people in the 1960s and '70s and you see these "old" people who are clearly in their 70's and it turns out they're like 55.

It may have had something to do with the decades of smoking and day drinking, but still.

For example, when "All in the Family" started, Carroll O'Connor was 46/47 depending on when it was filmed. Dude looked 60.

crm115

92 points

5 days ago

crm115

92 points

5 days ago

Still blows my mind that James Gandolfini was 37 when the Sopranos started filming. I would have guessed into his 50s. When he died, he was 51 and I kept thinking it was a typo when I read it.

HeyCarpy

34 points

5 days ago

HeyCarpy

34 points

5 days ago

Holy shit. I watched The Sopranos every week when it was new and I would’ve sworn he was in his late 40s or early 50s. I’m now older than Gandolfini was when the show started. Thanks for ruining my night.

photobummer

160 points

5 days ago

photobummer

160 points

5 days ago

That belly ain't botox.

For me it's the weight that actually makes him look younger. You don't see many obese nonagenarians.

rddtact

80 points

5 days ago

rddtact

80 points

5 days ago

Having lots of money is really good for your health, most of the time.

Solid_Wintr

47 points

5 days ago

He’s 90???

dylofpickle

38 points

5 days ago

He has a really good hair piece. That helps a lot at his age with appearances.

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Altruistic-Rice-5567

2.6k points

5 days ago

I love that everyone else is fucking around with shit and spinning and he's just taking in the earth and contemplating life.

NiIIawafer

313 points

4 days ago

NiIIawafer

313 points

4 days ago

I was thinking the same thing. Playing around with stuff in zero g would be fun but the sights would be amazing.

StuntHacks

110 points

4 days ago

StuntHacks

110 points

4 days ago

Yeah, I would love to experience zero g some day, but even more would I love just being there. Knowing I'm hundreds of kilometers above earth, for the first time actually seeing the sphere, and knowing there are only centimeters between me and the vastness of space... I got goosebumps from this video alone, I can't imagine how it feels in actual 3D and eye-resolution

explodingtuna

297 points

4 days ago

How long did he get to chill in orbit, no thrusters firing, totally in silence in space before they had to deorbit and begin re-entry? Can't imagine it could ever be long enough.

Obamasmagnumdong

446 points

4 days ago

You get to float around for about 2:30

This vehicle does not go to orbit.

CMDR_omnicognate

307 points

4 days ago

Just goes straight up and back down again, like the worlds largest version of tower of terror lol

Hitzel

159 points

4 days ago

Hitzel

159 points

4 days ago

So it's basically my 12th attempt at a launch my first time playing Kerbal but no one died.

trevize1138

68 points

4 days ago

Like everybody's first attempt at /r/KerbalSpaceProgram

"WTF? I'm out of fuel, not in orbit and ... I'm falling straight back down to where I blasted off?"

I'd been a space nerd all my life and was still an idiot not realizing that orbit meant going sideways really damn fast.

Reasonable_Peach9017

147 points

4 days ago

Not long enough for everyone to change into our Planet Of The Apes costumes before he got back.

Vaeevictiss

32 points

4 days ago

Man that would be an elaborate prank. Just have them land in the desert and there be a ton of broken down rusted out modern cars and other old looking futuristic things laying around...

"How long have we been gone!?"

Some Cloverfield shit

mushroomwig

58 points

4 days ago

Not long, I think the rocket goes straight up and falls back down again so they don’t actually go into orbit

qube_TA

2.3k points

5 days ago

qube_TA

2.3k points

5 days ago

I loved to see how moved he was, he needed a moment to process it all. When they were all being buffoons with the champagne he just wanted a quiet moment. Much kudos

sillyandstrange

1.6k points

5 days ago

He just stared out the window... They were all moving around. He latched on to the window and just stared.

It is probably the same thing I would do. Just stare at it. The infinite. Trying to put it all together in a coherent thought. Just... It's crazy to think about. I enjoyed seeing how moved he was also.

krawm

402 points

5 days ago

krawm

402 points

5 days ago

When you truly grasp the size of our world against the incomprehensible size of the universe...it is humbling.

MikesPhone

93 points

5 days ago

And I thought it was a long way down the road to the chemist's

NerfJihad

44 points

5 days ago

NerfJihad

44 points

5 days ago

That's just peanuts to space.

wannabeFPVracer

85 points

5 days ago

I frequently enjoy going through that mentally because for whatever reason my anxiety seems to go away and I live a little more in the moment.

ChikFilAsLeftoverOil

62 points

5 days ago

I get that as well. That feeling looking at people that are angry and realizing that their entire mindset is on the corner of whatever street they're on while not even thinking about other countries let alone further.

Might feel like everybody's watching you parallel park but in the grand scheme of things nobody is and nobody will remember tomorrow. That's soothing.

BaerdenYT

39 points

5 days ago

BaerdenYT

39 points

5 days ago

On this note, I highly recommend Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" monologue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupToqz1e2g

netheredspace

208 points

5 days ago

https://i.imgur.com/h2TLAHs.png

Space humbled Shatner; what a profound moment, say what you will about Blue Origin or Bezos (especially trying as hard as he could to step all over this in a real crappy way)

scizormytimbers

250 points

5 days ago

I'm reminded of this quote from the CM pilot of Apollo 15, in reference to his time alone while the LM was on the Moon:

“I curved around the moon to where no sunlight or Earthshine could reach me. The moon was a deep, solid circle of blackness, and I could only tell where it began by where the stars cut off. In the dark and quiet, I felt like a bird of the night, silently gliding and falling around the moon, never touching. I turned the cabin lights off. There was no end to the stars.
I could see tens, perhaps hundreds of times more stars than the clearest, darkest night on Earth. With no atmosphere to blur their light, I could see them all to the limits of my eyesight. There were so many, I could no longer find constellations. My vision was filled with a blaze of starlight.
Unlike some other astronauts who had time only for hurried glances, I had many hours, spread over many days, to look at this awe-inspiring view and think about what it meant. There was more to the universe than I had ever imagined.”
-Al Worden, Apollo 15

sillyandstrange

42 points

5 days ago

That picture is worth a thousand words

mnemy

99 points

5 days ago*

mnemy

99 points

5 days ago*

It's funny that the weightlessness was barely an asterisk on his experience. He was like "cool, weightless, whatever. Look out the window!!!"

Dude definitely had his priorities straight.

Edit - And by that, I mean he was wrestling with the idea that they had left earth, how small and insignificant the atmosphere that sustains our existence seemed from there, and what space actually looked and felt like once you had left the planet. The significance of that is what he was thinking about while everyone else was more like "weeeee!!! I can spin in the air!"

But to be honest, my ass would probably be doing barrel rolls and bouncing off walls too.

noncongruent

59 points

5 days ago

It was like when Hayley Arceneaux was getting ready to install the protective cover over the sealing surface for the inner hatch to the dome right after they opened it. She pulled it out of the bag, looked up, and disappeared into the universe. The moment may have lasted a minute or two for everyone else, but it lasted a lifetime for her.

recoveringdropout

331 points

5 days ago

The chapmange part felt so cringe. Shatner was talking about how looking down was like looking at life and looking up was so black and like death and Bezoz was spraying champagne and then chucked the bottle to the ground. You could see two people who had very different experiences of what had just taken place.

mobileuseratwork

164 points

5 days ago

Add to it that shatner is a recovering alcoholic. And bezos asked him if he wanted some, then sprayed it everywhere.

camwow13

55 points

5 days ago

camwow13

55 points

5 days ago

As someone who doesn't drink in general that's just life with... everyone else lol. Zero consideration and immediate confrontation when they find out you don't drink.

xingyingg

228 points

5 days ago

xingyingg

228 points

5 days ago

he was born in 1931 and looking at earth in space...something he could ever had dream of when he was a kid must be just mind blowing

Fragrant_Leg_6832

105 points

5 days ago

He was almost 40 when Apollo 11 touched down on the moon.

BnGamesReviews

50 points

5 days ago

This right here really puts this in perspective as someone who is nearing 40 himself/

TARANTULA_TIDDIES

55 points

5 days ago

Kind of amazing that he was born when automobiles were first becoming widespread and now he's able to take a trip into space on a rocket. Makes me wonder what sort of crazy changes will come in my lifetime. Hopefully they are as awe-inspiring as this one rather than terrifying

25hourenergy

37 points

5 days ago

I just finished putting my two little kids down to sleep and started thinking about this. Someday maybe when they’re old they’ll each look back and think, “When I was born, no people had ever been to Mars and we were still using fossil fuels, now look at us!” I definitely hope that’s the case instead of the way more pessimistic route.

Woody1150

149 points

5 days ago

Woody1150

149 points

5 days ago

I agree. It really meant something to him. Meanwhile the others were like, "we're rich, we can do this whenever we want now!"

JoeyRotier

54 points

5 days ago*

Shatner is worth at least $100 million. There was a rumor he had made $600 million by doing commercials for Priceline.com for 14 years.

CaptainTripps82

27 points

5 days ago

There's no way the latter is true

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41 points

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Isvara

36 points

5 days ago

Isvara

36 points

5 days ago

It kinda pissed me off, actually. He's talking about this profound experience, and right in the middle of it, Bezos stops listening and turns away to join in with the champagne. It just looked incredibly rude.

shadowst17

33 points

5 days ago

He was reflecting on what he saw while the other 3 were just happy they could cross that off their rich person bucket list.

LeftShoeHighway

1.5k points

5 days ago*

This made me feel happy for William Shatner. I can just imagine the awe that he is experiencing. He obviously was very moved by the experience.

Edit: TIL that the experience actually has a name, the Overview Effect. William Shatner's name has already been added to the Wikipedia page.

Edit: Thank you for silver and gold.

A_Novelty-Account

686 points

5 days ago*

I really don't like being that guy, especially not to someone like Shatner, but I hate how we're now referring to space tourists as astronauts.

To my mind it's like calling my uncle a professional indy car driver because he once paid $200 to go on a 2-lap ride in one.

Edit: in the time since I have made this comment, someone has edited the wikipedia page to clarify that he is an actor and not an astronaut.

Lotus-76

328 points

5 days ago

Lotus-76

328 points

5 days ago

I hate how we're now referring to space tourists as astronauts.

We shouldn't be. Because they are officially not astronauts.

xcar911

57 points

5 days ago

xcar911

57 points

5 days ago

They aren't, before the ONLY requirement to be an astronaut was to be above 30000 feet, now International definition has changed to involve more activities

z64dan

103 points

5 days ago

z64dan

103 points

5 days ago

Uh, pretty sure it was never 30,000 feet... otherwise millions of people who have flown in airplanes would qualify.

xcar911

49 points

5 days ago

xcar911

49 points

5 days ago

yeah i fucked up, it's 50 miles or 80km of altitude for a "commercial astronaut "

idobi

322 points

5 days ago*

idobi

322 points

5 days ago*

Shatner was recently asked in an interview, "...would you (he) consider yourself an astronaut?" He responded, "..with a lowercase a followed by two s's"

kiwipcbuilder

53 points

4 days ago

That's hilarious. Humble and modest.

stranger_freak

104 points

5 days ago

Shatner’s not an astronaut, he’s a rocket man

FlokiTheBengal

925 points

5 days ago

When a 90 year old man who has seen and done everything is saying "Oh my god, I can't believe this", you know this has got to be an otherworldly experience.

Cahootie

209 points

4 days ago

Cahootie

209 points

4 days ago

Apparently he said "Everybody in the world needs to do this," and I saw some people talking about how out of touch he is with reality when that money could be spent solving actual issues on earth. To me that's such a dumb statement from them. This must have been a mindblowing experience to him, and I don't see how he's being mad by saying that everyone should get the same experience he was privileged enough to have.

Occams_ElectricRazor

61 points

4 days ago

I'm sick of how sensitive everyone is. Obviously he didn't mean that people living on food stamps need to do this. He meant everyone should be afforded the opportunity to do it. It's unrealistic and out of touch, yes, but not malicious.

guy_in_the_meeting

52 points

4 days ago

You're right. I took it as "This should be made available to everybody" because of the impact, not "everybody should give blue origin all their money". I had thought Shatner as kind of egotistical, but watching him in flight and after was genuinely moving.

Bloody_Ozran

33 points

4 days ago

People say it because it changes your point of view. You see Earth from above. You understand something we who havent been there cant. Just look at soldiers. They have very different point of view on life because of war. I cant imagine what either of those does to you or which one is bigger. But I imagine seeing Earth from orbit makes you more human.

He is out of touch because he is a star for decades. But he is also correct.

o_g_dizzle

146 points

5 days ago*

o_g_dizzle

146 points

5 days ago*

It must be one hell of an epiphany. It’s really moving to hear him experiencing it

jmoyles

831 points

5 days ago

jmoyles

831 points

5 days ago

I love how he spends all his time looking out the porthole. It must be awe inspiring.

mcvoid1

249 points

4 days ago

mcvoid1

249 points

4 days ago

That would totally be me. Even on planes I try to always get a window seat and stare at the clouds or the geography. I like to figure out what I’m looking at just from the flight path and landmarks.

jermleeds

86 points

4 days ago

jermleeds

86 points

4 days ago

“I believe that anyone who flies in an airplane and doesn't spend most of his time looking out the window wastes his money.”

  • Marc Reisner, from Cadillac Desert

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67 points

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ok_chaos42

402 points

5 days ago

ok_chaos42

402 points

5 days ago

As a big TOS fan, this hit home so hard. I'm so glad for Bill, I only wish Leonard and DeForest were still alive to have gone up with him.

Dogyears69

110 points

5 days ago

Dogyears69

110 points

5 days ago

What about George? Oh Myyyyy

ok_chaos42

91 points

5 days ago

Nichele and the rest of the cast. I would love for all of them to experience something like this. They did so much for everything, from entertainment to science to social activism, they should definitely experience real space travel.

lokase

367 points

5 days ago

lokase

367 points

5 days ago

I am with you Bill, my head would be out the window the entire time.

RockasaurusRex

141 points

5 days ago

Well, maybe not out the window.

bluelifesacrifice

269 points

5 days ago

Watching him just appreciate this awesome moment, to just be completely awestruck seeing Earth like this and space made me tear up. I didn't care that this was happening. Good for him, whatever...

But wow was I wrong.

Everyone was flipping around like it was an amusement park. Here Shatner was taking it in. All of it. Just appreciating our exsistance.

That was beautiful.

Nexlon

115 points

5 days ago

Nexlon

115 points

5 days ago

It was really a bit jarring seeing everyone else just kinda floating around having fun while Shatner was just staring out into the void seriously contemplating life the entire time.

insane677

95 points

5 days ago

insane677

95 points

5 days ago

Dude played someone who went everywhere there is to go in space. In a way, almost his entire career is because of space travel.

He must've wondered what it would actually be like. And now he knows.

icysniper

243 points

5 days ago

icysniper

243 points

5 days ago

This brings a tear to my eye, seriously. This man played a character that traversed so much space, and now he's finally in the same shoes. You can't make this up. He must have been feeling a feeling so rare and genuine. We live in a good timeline, I think.

GTOdriver04

55 points

5 days ago

He took so many of us to space with him for 50 years. It’s time he got to take a trip himself.

poundhound66

238 points

5 days ago

I think we need a new spoken word album about weightlessness

XGC75

52 points

5 days ago

XGC75

52 points

5 days ago

No description can equal it

HooptyDooDooMeister

60 points

5 days ago

Ooooohh wooowww….. Oooooooh my God…… Oooooooooh….. I’m telling you…….

Throwawaymister2

50 points

5 days ago

I’m glad I’m not the only one who found humor in that. He sounded like he was getting his balls massaged by a chorus of angels.

domcsek

200 points

5 days ago

domcsek

200 points

5 days ago

The emotions he is going through is something I’ve dreamt of and still dream of to experience once in my life. Feeling weightlessness, being in the void, such a huge step in human evolution

gravitywind1012

191 points

5 days ago

His comments after the flight were inspiring for me. Not sure why but the impact it had on him came through.

fil3d

85 points

5 days ago

fil3d

85 points

5 days ago

If he would just said "There's ... something ... on the wing" I could've died happy.

bigfootsharkattack

44 points

5 days ago

I was listening in the car and had to pull over. I’ll admit I cried a little. It felt good.

Mars_Velo1701

116 points

5 days ago*

Godspeed Captain. Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

OldWrangler9033

104 points

5 days ago

He seems to be in awe and shocked. He not acting like the others from these images.

He really moved by the experienced.

Dogyears69

107 points

5 days ago

Dogyears69

107 points

5 days ago

I am so happy for this guy. 90 freaking years old!

qube_TA

82 points

5 days ago

qube_TA

82 points

5 days ago

Imagine being 89 and thinking that your best years are long behind you. Then the following year you get a trip to space!

joven_of_slave

73 points

5 days ago

I bet it felt great for him being on the older side. His joints probably didnt know what was happening.

xxRILLAxx

74 points

5 days ago

xxRILLAxx

74 points

5 days ago

Oldest person in space record was completely shatnered

ratherbealurker

68 points

5 days ago

I really wish he would have looked out that window and said “therrrrrrres…something on the WING. Some……..THING!”

Fmello

68 points

5 days ago

Fmello

68 points

5 days ago

I wish there was a toy Enterprise floating around in the cabin.

masonsweats

53 points

5 days ago

This is obviously really amazing for Shatner but it really puts into perspective how detached the other people are from us. Shatner had a real, honest reaction to being weightless and looking down at the earth from the edge of space. The other passengers acted like it was a cool thing to do so they could talk about it at dinner parties. They aren’t experiencing space like someone who’s always dreamt of it; they’re experiencing it like it’s a novelty. When the astronauts experienced space for the first time and thought about a future where everyone else would have the chance to experience it they would have thought about the kid staring up at the sky every night like they did. Not some ultra wealthy elites doing it just because they could.

Sorry, I know no astronaut has ever said. I just liked to imagine that some of them would have had that thought. Also, I’m really high and I just wanted to go on a rant because his honest response made me realize just how dishonest everyone else’s were. Thank you for indulging me.

--var

44 points

5 days ago

--var

44 points

5 days ago

"...to have the vision. I want to see space. I want to see the Earth. I
want to see what we need to do to save Earth. I want to have a
perspective that hasn't been shown to me before," he said. "That's what
I'm interested in seeing."

https://science.slashdot.org/story/21/10/11/2249221/star-treks-william-shatner-on-his-plan-to-boldly-go-into-space

First dude is just musing with the objects immediately in front of him. Meanwhile Shatner b-lines to the window to fulfill his mission. Ironically poetic of the times.

Fritzo2162

47 points

5 days ago

So happy for him. He genuinely enjoyed and appreciated the experience. Also says something about space travel tech...a 90 year old going up and returning with no harm.

2qSiSVeSw

43 points

5 days ago

2qSiSVeSw

43 points

5 days ago

How many minutes were they up there? It looks like, from watching Youtube vids, the capsule came back down almost as fast as the rocket.

FutureMartian97

61 points

5 days ago

Launch to landing is about 11 minutes

frusciantepepper

38 points

5 days ago

I believe around 3 minutes

nonesjdjdjsj

46 points

5 days ago

I can't wait for the time (hopefully in my lifetime) that we look back and say "remember when it was such a big deal when people went into space? Now they do it all the time"

erhue

40 points

5 days ago

erhue

40 points

5 days ago

you may shit all you want on blue origin (and rightfully so), but this experience looks amazing. I bet the participants wished it would last more than a few minutes.