William Shatner sets new record as oldest man in space

| October 13, 2021

William Shatner has just completed his trip to space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The suborbital flight did not render the 90 year old actor, most famous for playing Captain James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek, speechless. Quite the contrary. He waxed eloquent for quite some time on the beauty of the experience.

CBS News has the video, some highlights from the transcript;

“It was so moving to me,” Shatner said after landing. “This experience is something unbelievable.”

He said he was overwhelmed, and that Bezos has given him the most profound experience he can imagine. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened … it’s extraordinary,” he told Bezos.

“I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now,” he said. “I don’t want to lose it.”

Watch the video. He just goes on and on. It’s magnificent.

Shatner took the record of oldest person in space from 82-year old Wally Funk, who held the record since her flight on Blue Origin’s previous flight in July of this year that took Bezos along.

Now Bill Shatner can really lay claim to being a “Rocket Man.”

 

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Green Thumb

I really wish he had worn the uniform!

CWORet

I know, right? It would have been… Glorious.

ChipNASA

WHERE ALL MAH SPACE BITCHES?!?!?
So, it wasn’t a very “long” flight. I wonder if Shatner did any boning when he was up there on orbit. Space Tourist (NOT Astronauts!!) Andrey Powers (h/t to Austin below) flew with Shatner and admitted as much, she got to “Launch with Captain Kirk”…so we need to know….

ChipNASA

MustangCryppie

Wait a cottonpickin’ second! Where’s the Uhura kiss?

ChipNASA

You blinked or sneezed, #14
(I had to go back and watch, because I knew it was there) 😘👩🏾

Green Thumb

Fuck yeah.

Traveling the galaxy fighting Klingons, drinking Romulan Ale and chasing space pussy.

What a life.

Anonymous

Where do I sign up?

Anonymous

They wish they were that cool.

SFC D

He sexually assaulted those women! Cancel Shatner! Lock him up with Cosby!

Hate_me

He’s Canadian. Unless it’s an Olympic event, he’s ok.

Green Thumb

Kirk would have blown that SHARP training right out of the airlock into space.

Or left the SHARP trainers assigned to the Enterprise on Space Station 1887.

I would posit to say that Kahn would have done the same to them on Ceti Alpha V.

Anonymous

As parodied:

Anonymous

Plus, Khan is the Mack Daddy:

26Limabeans

Watching the booster return and set down on that pad was awesome.
I know it’s real but I still can’t convince myself of it.
I’m a technical guy with a long career in technical shit but
somehow I still can’t believe my own eyes.

ChipNASA

I hate to say it but, I fucking work at NASA and the liftoff/launch camera work just looks fake as hell. I don’t know why, maybe because it’s drone/transmitted footage or the overhead angle, when they switch to the live ground camera shots, it totally looks more real.
But the MOST amazing thing still is…..Bezos’ rocket is *still* a giant flying…

5JC

That is totally not Jeff Bezos’ Penis.

Green Thumb

What penis?

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

“Overcompensation”?

Hate_me

I wish I were on his PR team…

The Bezos/Dr. Evil stuff writes itself, and he could capitalize on it so much!

KoB

Moldy go where others have gone before. 😛 Word up on the technology we are seeing from private “Enterprise”. Again, American ingenuity at its finest. Not a big fan of Bezos, but give credit where credit is due. Kudos to the Falcon X people too. Saw a news blurb the other day that the Lockheed Space Liner launch has been delayed…again. They must be having issues on how the wings and motors are to be… Read more »

AW1Ed

Ground pounders gonna pound ground.
Right, ya dirt diggin’ doggie?

KoB

It’s the small, subtle victories, that need no explanations…ON TARGET…FIRE FOR EFFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ain’t skeered of no danger zone.

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

Green Thumb

Word.

Infantry as fuck.

rgr1480

Ground pounders gonna pound ground.

Hmmmmm ….. reminds me of that old tongue-twister:

How much ground could a groundpounder pound if a groundpounder could pound ground?

Bill R.

I don’t believe William Shatner has ever been speechless. He’s been hamming it up since he watched the gremlin tearing his airplane apart in Outer Limits.

A Proud Infidel®™️

Not Outer Limits, that was an episode of “The Twilight Zone”.

Bill R.

Yup.I couldn’t remember which show it was. That old age thing is creeping up on me, quickly. Thanks.

ArmyATC

Even before that in the Twilight Zone episode “Nick of Time.”

Veritas Omnia Vincit

His version of Rocket Man is easily one of the most pretentious exhibitions of ego run amok I’ve had the pleasure to view during the course of my lifetime to date… The affectation using the odd inflection and accent to his voice, the over-animated smoking, it’s all so campy. Whether that was the intent or not it’s still wonderfully absurd in an oddly enjoyable fashion. Hats off you crazy, egotistical son of a bitch…you have… Read more »

rgr769

He did some excellent acting as Denny Crane. And he dropped that ridiculous voice inflection stuff.

I have seen him in some off the cuff interviews, and he seems quite likable, which is rare in successful Hollyweird actors.

Hate_me

Boston Legal was one of the best shows in an era of great shows.

rgr769

Yes. It was one of two lawer shows I liked back when I wuz one.

rgr1480

he seems quite likable, which is rare in successful Hollyweird actors. I work for the same administration that ChipNASA works for. (^__^) Shatner came out to our lab one day while doing some research for his book “I’m Working on That” (our lab is mentioned!). Anyway, at the end we asked if we could get a group photo with him and he said, “This is where I’m supposed to say FUCK YOU.” Maybe he was… Read more »

Hack Stone

Right up there with the Star Wars Holiday Special.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6hH8rxarVG8

In defense of the CBS Network Executives who thought that this was a good idea, there was a lot of cocaine going around Hollywood in the late 1970’s.

5JC

Hell, if I am 90 years and I get a shot at space I am taking it. What is the worst that could happen?

RetiredCWO4USN

If I get a shot I’m going up, I don’t care what age I am.

Green Thumb

Word.

Floating in Zero Gravity has to be one of the coolest things in the world.

And at that age, why not roll up a big one and go all in?

robert kendall

He has lived long, and prospered.

Sapper3307

Moon base Shatner rocks!

SFC D

Dennis - not chevy

A wise person said, (I forget who said it) Shatner has had two careers; his second career was making fun of his first career.
Airplane II, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon, Futurama, and so many more examples of him having fun with it.
I wish more hollyweird types would take his example of not taking themselves so seriously.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight

“GET A LIFE, PEOPLE!”

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmagzq

Looks like he took his own advice.

Hate_me

Neil Patrick Harris and Will Wheaton have done this very well, among the more recent generation.

Green Thumb

Do not forget TJ Hooker.

He (Shatner) traded in his Command of the Enterprise to become a SGT.

As a beat police SGT, he solved all of the crimes. Still delivering justice. Maybe not in space, but on Earth.

Just simple evolution in a kick ass career.

Eggs

I always had a special place in my heart for Stacy Sheridan on TJ Hooker.

Berliner

A Proud Infidel®™

William. Shatner. Finally. Reaches. Outer. Space.

FuzeVT

In

Credible

Hate_me

Not to take away from Doohan’s accomplishments, but he didn’t technically lose his fingers while “coming ashore.”

An overzealous (friendly) machine gunner removed them later that night while he was moving between positions.

MarineDad61

The resemblance to this space ship is uncanny.
Looks like Bezos is a fan of Ace & Gary,
and the Ambiguously Gay “Duo Car”.

[Tonight’s episode:
The Dark Clenched Hole of Evil]

OWB

Good for him! It may take a while for him to recover from the adventure. And that is just fine.

A Proud Infidel®™

I still think that upon his return the Ground Crew ought to greet him dressed in “Planet of the Apes” costumes, then tell him that the Cylons have captured the Gungans and fed them to the Klingons!

ninja

Am requesting that all please watch this 1 minute, 20 second video featuring the BEST EPISODE of William Shatner as Denny Crane…

Thank You!!!

rgr1480

Gun control! Love it.

Anonymous

Being able to hit your target! 🙂

(Oh, wait, that’s “conflict resolution”– close enough!)

PARANAH

These celebrities that walk up to the booth and buy a ticket are NOT ASTRONAUTS! Astronauts are Test Pilots scientists who train for years and years for their missions and not someone who just goes up and right back down!!!

OWB

Got it. Not sure why, but we got it. Did someone here call Mr. Shatner (or any of the other pax) astronauts? Missed it, if they did. Don’t recall anyone calling pax aboard commercial aircraft pilots either. Doesn’t change the simple fact that those who have traveled via aircraft have “flown” and those who rode a spacecraft into space have done something very few of us have done – been in space. Call them whatever… Read more »

SFC D

A monkey made the first flight.

ninja

SFC D: Hopefully, PETA won’t read what you wrote, because I can see it now…a Lawsuit or a WOKE cultural from them of this event that took place around 1948… I am fed up with all the BS in our country…Before we know it, some of us may have to start wearing a symbal simliar to “JUDE”, Star of David, etc…anyone else remember Nazi Germany? The ninja family shared with our children BEFORE the last… Read more »

SFC D

Just paraphrasing Chuck Yeager from “The Right Stuff”.

OWB

A small quibble – not the first space flight, but the first “manned” space flight. Or something. Or not. Don’t remember the altitude of those first space flights, and not interested enough to look them up! It was the first time a TV was viewed in my school, and it was terribly exciting to watch it. (If dozens of kids crowded around a TV counts. Only a few actually saw the thing – the rest… Read more »

rgr769

Actually, the X-15 reached about the same altitude back in 1964, 67 miles above the earth, which is the edge of space.

Anonymous

If he’d asked Elon Musk instead, he could’ve gone into orbit.

USMC Steve

Why does that rocket ship look like a giant space penis?

Hack Stone

Because a rocket ship shaped like two testicles is not aerodynamic.

MarineDad61

Sulu freaks out.

[George Takei calls William Shatner an ‘unfit’ guinea pig after spaceflight]
https://pagesix.com/2021/10/14/star-trek-star-george-takei-slams-william-shatners-spaceflight/

MarineDad61

Mason,
Yep.
Worse, a George Takei roast.
All the gay jokes that are supposedly so
hurtful and injurious on any other day, and all of a sudden, on this day,
the gay jokes are now not hurtful at all, and are now funny.