Video from Blue Origin's spaceship shows William Shatner gazing at Earth: 'No description can equal this'
William Shatner looks at Earth from the window of Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule, October 13, 2021. Blue Origin
William Shatner flew to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on Wednesday.
New video from the spaceship shows the 90-year-old "Star Trek" actor staring in awe at the earth below.
Shatner seemed to be experiencing the "overview effect" - a deep sense of awe, fragility, and humanity.
New video from Blue Origin's spaceship shows 90-year-old actor William Shatner staring in awe at the earth below.
Shatner spent decades portraying cosmos exploring commander Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek". On Wednesday morning, the TV star had his own cosmic adventure in space when he took off aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket and flew 100 kilometers above the earth to the edge of space. The journey made him the oldest person to ever reach space.
William Shatner poses in a Blue Origin flight suit. Blue origin
At the height of the 11-minute flight, Shatner and the ship's three other passengers - former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, healthcare entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers - experienced about three minutes of weightlessness and saw the curvature of the earth below.
Blue Origin shared a video of those moments of zero gravity on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. Cameras in the space capsule recorded the passengers unbuckling their seat belts and floating around.
"That's crazy!" Forces exclaimed. "Holy Hell."
As the other passengers turned and floated around, Shatner just grabbed the edge of a window and stared at the earth below.
"No description can do this," he said.
But after the capsule parachuted back to Earth and landed safely, Shatner tried to describe it - especially the thin line of Earth's atmosphere.
“Look at the beauty of this color. And she's so thin. And you're through right away, ”he told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. "Suddenly you're through the blue and you're into black."
Shatner added, “You look into the blackness, into the black ugliness. And you look down - there's the blue down there and the black up there. There is mother earth and comfort, and there is - is there death? You know. Is that death? Is that how death is? "
At some point during his reflection after the flight, he covered his face and wiped away his tears.
Many astronauts who have seen Earth from space have described overwhelming feelings of awe, oneness with the rest of humanity, and appreciation for the fragility of our planet. Experts call this the "overview effect".
"I'm so touched by what just happened. It's extraordinary," Shatner told Bezos. "I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can keep what I feel now. I don't want to lose it."
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