William Shatner fulfilled his dream of reaching space and entered history at the same time.
William Shatner , after his successful flight with Blue Origin , has become the oldest astronaut in history at the age of 90.
Shatner, the famous Captain Kirk from ‘ Star Trek’ , entered history at his age with the NS-18 mission, which took off from Texas on Wednesday morning .
At the age of 90, Shatner takes over from Wally Funk, the 82-year-old woman who traveled with the first manned mission of Blue Origin thanks to the invitation of Jeff Bezos.
Shatner and his spatial experience
The Canadian actor was born on March 22, 1931, in Montreal.
In addition to his experience on the famous television series ‘ Star Trek ‘, William Shatner was honored with the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award awarded by NASA in 2014.
“For the exceptional generosity and dedication to inspire new generations of explorers around the world, and for the unwavering support of NASA and its missions of discovery,” the space agency noted.
Shatner’s relationship with NASA dates back to the original series, with references to the space agency and its shows being incorporated into stories throughout the television and film franchises. In 1976, when NASA was ready to introduce a reusable spacecraft as a successor to the Apollo program, a new space shuttle prototype, originally named Constitution, was dubbed the Enterprise in honor of the Star Trek universe and Shatner’s work .
Most recently, Shatner donated his time and vocal talents to host the NASA documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle missions.
In 2012, he presented a video presentation previewing the dramatic mission of the Mars rover Curiosity and expressed support for NASA- derived technologies emerging as a result of investments in science, technology and exploration.