William Shatner Successfully Launches Into Space

The 90-year-old Star Trek actor is the oldest person ever to leave Earth

William Shatner goes to space
William Shatner aboard the New Shepard spacecraft, photo by Blue Origin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    William Shatner has officially gone where only few men have gone before: the Star Trek actor blasted off into space on Wednesday aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket.

    In doing so, the 90-year-old Shatner has become the oldest person ever to go to space, breaking a record recently set by astronaut Wally Funk, who took a trip aboard the Blue Origin in July. Perhaps equally significant, Shatner is also the first-ever inductee of the WWE’s Wrestling Hall of Fame to go to space.

    In a tweet posted to time with Blue Origin’s launch, Shatner quoted Sir Isaac Newton, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now & then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

    After successfully landing back to Earth, Shatner said the experience was “indescribable,” and added, “I’m so filled with emotion with what just happened. I hope I never recover from this.”


    Blue Origin’s 11-minute sub orbital flight takes passengers more than 62 miles above Earth, including three minutes in zero gravity. Shatner is reportedly filming the once-in-a-lifetime experience for an upcoming documentary. In the meantime, you can watch footage of the launch below.

    Meanwhile back on Earth, Shatner just released his new spoken word album, BILL, which featured collaborations with Joe Jonas, Joe Walsh, Brad Paisley, and more.