William Shatner, Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk, flies to space and back, adding to this year’s number of civilian astronauts
…from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: Capt. Kirk finally got beamed up into space today a bit differently than the TV series had scripted, but he was able to taste the real deal at 90 years old. VT congratulates him for his longevity and our memories of his journeys during our formative years where he took us along on the Enterprise with him.
What an event it would have been to have had Leonard Nimoy along for the ride, a legend for having made being a nerd ‘cool’. The Star Trek series, along with the back drop of the ‘space race’ to the moon with Russia, were bookends for boys growing up at the time.
I remember standing in the back yard with my family as the Soyuz flew right over our house, and my father mentioned that it would boost the demand for engineers, sparking me along a path to NC State’s Chemical Engineering program years later.
I regret never catching a launch from Cape Canaveral. Gordon’s description, especially the roar of the engines, clued me in as to what I had missed. And here we are today, where a private company can take you up for a ride, if you have won the lotto recently.
That said, I view the Martian colony exercise as a fool’s errand, unless it was a place to send high security prisoners like crooked politicians, banksters and corporate con men as a prison colony… Jim W. Dean ]
First published October 13, 2021
Lasting just more than 10 minutes, the vehicle, named for Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space, climbed to a height of more than 66 miles, four miles beyond what is generally considered the edge of space.
Aloft and free-floating above the Earth, the crew took in views of the planet below and the dark skies beyond while they floated in weightlessness for a few minutes. With the completion of Shatner’s flight, 21 private citizens have been to space so far this year.
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