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In a Blue Origin Rocket, William Shatner Finally Goes to Space

Mr. Bezos, who has stated he was impressed by “Star Trek” as a boy, listened, nonetheless as a statue. He might have been giving Mr. Shatner some space, but it surely was a sharp distinction to his look after his personal temporary spaceflight in July, when he was aboard the identical spacecraft. Then, Mr. Bezos held forth from a stage, rousing condemnation from critics of the huge company he based as he thanked Amazon’s staff and clients for making it attainable for him to finance his non-public space enterprise.

Mr. Shatner shared the capsule on Wednesday with three different passengers: Audrey Powers, a Blue Origin vp who oversees New Shepard operations, and two paying clients: Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of the Earth-observation company Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, a co-founder of a company that builds software for medical researchers.

The launch Wednesday morning was pushed again by roughly an hour by two pauses to the launch countdown — brought about partially by further checks to the spacecraft and winds close to its launchpad. The quartet was pushed in electrical pickup vans to Blue Origin’s launchpad, roughly an hour earlier than liftoff, flanked by Mr. Bezos and company staff.

For a second, it appeared Mr. Bezos, wearing a flight swimsuit just like the one he wore in July, would be part of them in flying to space. But he closed the hatch door earlier than leaving the pad, sending the crew on their journey.

The rocket lifted off at 9:49 a.m. Central time, ascending practically as quick as a rushing bullet at 2,235 miles per hour and sending the crew some 65.8 miles excessive. The complete journey lasted 10 minutes, 17 seconds, and gave the 4 passengers about 4 minutes of weightlessness.

Mr. Boshuizen, speaking to reporters after the flight, likened the crew’s entry into space to a stone hitting the floor of a lake. “I was trying to smile but my jaw was pushed back in my head,” he stated.

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