The reusable New Shepard suborbital rocket developed by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin successfully launched to the edge of space on Wednesday, and after about ten minutes, the machine and the separate module successfully returned to Earth.
One of the crew was American actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the cult series Star Trek.
At the age of 90, Shatner became the oldest man to enter space. “What you have given me is the deepest experience,” Shatner told Bezos as he climbed out of the capsule after landing. “I hope I can keep what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it, “added the legendary American actor, who was quoted by the AP agency.
The New Shephard rocket launched from a base near the town of Van Horn in the US state of Texas on Wednesday shortly before 5:00 pm CEST. The planned flight lasted about eleven minutes, while the crew got just above the so-called The Karman border at a height of 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, which is generally considered to be the border between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space. The crew also briefly experienced weightlessness.Read also Bezos about flying to the edge of space: It was amazing
The first crewed New Shepard flight took place on July 20. The rocket then successfully launched, reached the edge of space and returned safely to Earth. In addition to Blue Origin billionaire and founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate, were on board. He became the youngest person in the universe.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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