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Star Trek icon William Shatner has become the oldest person to visit space.

William Shatner was in tears when he landed on Earth after his monumental flight into space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

Shatner said of the trip: “The little things, the weightlessness, but seeing the color blue slip away. And now you look at the darkness. That’s the thing, the blue blanket… this blue duvet that we have around us.

“Then all of a sudden you pull it all up, pull back the sheet and look at the dark ugliness. “

“There is Mother Earth, comfort, and there is, is it death? I do not know? Is this how death is?

“Whip and let’s go! “

He continued, “This experience is something incredible.”

“My stomach is swollen, it’s so weird. But not as weird as the blue blanket.

Shatner called it “the most profound experience I can imagine”.

Crying, he said, “I am so filled with emotion, it is amazing.”

“I hope I never get over it.”

“Holding onto what I feel now, I never want to lose it. It’s so much bigger than me and life.

Scheduled to take off at 3 p.m. BST (around 9 a.m. local time), Shatner finally took off around 3:50 p.m. BST, seeing him become the oldest person to go into space.

Shatner was seen ringing the bell before being strapped to the rocket, which took off from the Texas desert.

They reached zero-G and space at 351,000 feet above sea level, experiencing several minutes of weightlessness and a spectacular view of Earth.

Mark Bezos, the brother of Jeff Bezos, who flew on New Shepard’s first human flight, told the crew as they were about to take off: “You lucky bastards.”

“It was only 10 weeks ago that I was sitting where you are, watching the countdown full of anticipation and excitement.

Eager to feel a take-off rumble and the majesty of weightlessness. “

“The depth of my desire to fly again is hard to express.”

He then quoted Mr. Spaceman from Shatner: “Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won’t you take me away, I won’t do anything wrong.” Hey, Mr. Spaceman, would you take me for a walk, please.

“God damn it, New Shepard, I can’t wait to hear your stories. Marc “, he added.

After a little over 10 minutes, the New Shepard capsule containing the crew descended back to Earth.

The flight was scheduled to take off yesterday, October 12, but was postponed for a day.

A statement said: “Due to the winds forecast for Tuesday, October 12, the Blue Origin mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13.”

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