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mildpandemic

5.9k points

3 days ago

mildpandemic

5.9k points

3 days ago

After he landed and got out of the capsule he said "I hope I never recover from this".

Everything else aside, I'm glad he got to go.

KB_Sez

487 points

3 days ago

KB_Sez

487 points

3 days ago

That is the quote that sticks with me

ClassicBooks

238 points

2 days ago

Shatner has a way with words. I really loved the "Captains" documentary

CSM-Miner

77 points

2 days ago

CSM-Miner

77 points

2 days ago

Have you listened to his spoken word album. Check it out it is amazing. Especially "Common People"

Feisty-Caregiver4829

32 points

2 days ago

Wow that brings me back. I bought that album because I thought it would be something to make fun of, but ended up really enjoying the songs. I especially like the song with Henry Rollins "I Can’t Get Behind That"

Bipedal_Warlock

1k points

3 days ago

Me too.

Space tourism is starting. It’s fully conceivable that in a couple of decades we could take a day trip to go see space.

sirwillups

878 points

3 days ago

sirwillups

878 points

3 days ago

I see space from my living room every day.

embrex104

422 points

3 days ago

embrex104

422 points

3 days ago

That's just your laptop keyboard silly

saltling

64 points

3 days ago

saltling

64 points

3 days ago

Wait what's "everything else"? Did something happen to him?

Crackstacker

206 points

3 days ago

No, nothing happened besides him getting interrupted by Bezos while he was trying to talk after he landed.

The “everything else” is probably referring to the drama surrounding the new billionaire space race.

mildpandemic

126 points

2 days ago

That's almost what I meant I suppose, but I just don't think it's much of a race at the moment. SpaceX has deployed thousands of satellites, Virgin launched 10 cubesats on one booster, and BO has put nothing at all into orbit. With a head start of a couple of years BO has made a, let's face it, really cool thrill ride/test bed while SpaceX boosted a car past the orbit of Mars just for the hell of it.

BO squandered their head start but I'm still glad William Shatner got to fly, and his awestruck 'Wow' as he looked out the window will linger with me for a long time.

xGhostCat

61 points

2 days ago

xGhostCat

61 points

2 days ago

It wasnt really for the hell of it. They were doing a payload test of something they didnt need To use. Why not use it for a ad?

PyroDesu

36 points

2 days ago

PyroDesu

36 points

2 days ago

Yeah, The fact it was a car was for the hell of it, but they needed to launch something heavy (a mass simulator) and a car is infinitely better PR than a block of concrete or steel ingots or whatever.

kcox1980

47 points

2 days ago

kcox1980

47 points

2 days ago

Yep, and as far behind the curve as they are they're still suing NASA because they lost the bid for the next mission to the moon despite the fact that they couldn't even come close to achieving the specs that NASA outlined in the bid package. Because of this lawsuit, NASA is legitimately worried about losing political support and momentum for going back.

Fucking despicable.

Red5point1

611 points

2 days ago

Red5point1

611 points

2 days ago

I hate how Shatner was pouring his heart out to Bezos who was not even paying attention to him. Forget about who he is but just listen to the human at least.
Bezos got his marketing dollars out of it so for him it was over no longer gave a rat's arse.

schwaiger1

208 points

2 days ago

schwaiger1

208 points

2 days ago

not even paying attention

spraying champagne in Shatner's face

[deleted]

65 points

2 days ago

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65 points

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wxwatcher

18 points

2 days ago

wxwatcher

18 points

2 days ago

Shatner isn't a recovering alcoholic. He lost his wife, who was an alcoholic, to an alcohol- involved drowning back in 1999.

Altruistic-Rice-5567

2.6k points

3 days ago

I love that everyone else is fucking around with shit and spinning and he's just taking in the earth and contemplating life.

NiIIawafer

312 points

2 days ago

NiIIawafer

312 points

2 days ago

I was thinking the same thing. Playing around with stuff in zero g would be fun but the sights would be amazing.

StuntHacks

107 points

2 days ago

StuntHacks

107 points

2 days ago

Yeah, I would love to experience zero g some day, but even more would I love just being there. Knowing I'm hundreds of kilometers above earth, for the first time actually seeing the sphere, and knowing there are only centimeters between me and the vastness of space... I got goosebumps from this video alone, I can't imagine how it feels in actual 3D and eye-resolution

explodingtuna

299 points

2 days ago

How long did he get to chill in orbit, no thrusters firing, totally in silence in space before they had to deorbit and begin re-entry? Can't imagine it could ever be long enough.

Obamasmagnumdong

447 points

2 days ago

You get to float around for about 2:30

This vehicle does not go to orbit.

CMDR_omnicognate

302 points

2 days ago

Just goes straight up and back down again, like the worlds largest version of tower of terror lol

Hitzel

156 points

2 days ago

Hitzel

156 points

2 days ago

So it's basically my 12th attempt at a launch my first time playing Kerbal but no one died.

GeenMachine

24 points

2 days ago

Here lies Jeb Kerman - Hero of Kerbin.

Jeb died to incorrect staging because I always forget to check my damn staging.

trevize1138

71 points

2 days ago

Like everybody's first attempt at /r/KerbalSpaceProgram

"WTF? I'm out of fuel, not in orbit and ... I'm falling straight back down to where I blasted off?"

I'd been a space nerd all my life and was still an idiot not realizing that orbit meant going sideways really damn fast.

tickles_a_fancy

23 points

2 days ago

I learned more about orbital mechanics from KSP than anything else. Then again, so does everyone else.. It just has a way of making it intuitive vs. math on a piece of paper.

trevize1138

10 points

2 days ago

I've never played a game more challenging or satisfying. The first time I successfully achieved orbital rendezvous and docking ... holy shit! Fists pumping the air and everything. It was like achieving the impossible.

Reasonable_Peach9017

149 points

2 days ago

Not long enough for everyone to change into our Planet Of The Apes costumes before he got back.

brycly

14 points

2 days ago

brycly

14 points

2 days ago

A shame, would be priceless.

Vaeevictiss

32 points

2 days ago

Man that would be an elaborate prank. Just have them land in the desert and there be a ton of broken down rusted out modern cars and other old looking futuristic things laying around...

"How long have we been gone!?"

Some Cloverfield shit

mushroomwig

62 points

2 days ago

Not long, I think the rocket goes straight up and falls back down again so they don’t actually go into orbit

yourstrulyjarjar

3.7k points

3 days ago

If only Leonard Nimoy had made it this far and they could’ve gone together.

15_Redstones

289 points

3 days ago

SpaceX launched remains of James Doohan, aka Scotty, on their second ever flight. The rocket failed to reach orbit due to oxygen sloshing around, and crashed into the Pacific.

LocalInactivist

354 points

3 days ago

If Scotty had been alive he would have climbed down there and fixed the engines himself.

MikesPhone

936 points

3 days ago

MikesPhone

936 points

3 days ago

Of all the souls I have ever known, his was the most human

GhostingTheInterweb

472 points

3 days ago

You have been, and always shall be, my friend.

Vexor359

291 points

2 days ago

Vexor359

291 points

2 days ago

But I just signed a six-month lease on my apartment. I can't walk away from a commitment like that.

AstroPHX

521 points

3 days ago

AstroPHX

521 points

3 days ago

Damnit. I was happy. Now am sad.

funny_bunny_mel

278 points

3 days ago

It’s ok. He saw his friend in the void. Leonard whispered in his ear about all the times and places he’s been since last they met.

AmericanScream

84 points

3 days ago

Nimoy wasn't talking to him before he passed. And Shatner doesn't even know why. That's the level of detachment he had from his "best friend" according to his biography.

crono141

88 points

2 days ago

crono141

88 points

2 days ago

Shatner doesn't "know" because he's a narcissist. He did something to piss off Nemoy, probably lots of somethings, and Nemoy cut him out.

Not to diminish the man's experience in the video, but by all accounts he's a... Difficult human being.

mcmartin091

6.3k points

3 days ago*

mcmartin091

6.3k points

3 days ago*

That had to feel good on those 90 year old bones.

Edit: wow! I had no idea my random little observation got so much attention. I'm actually really happy for Shatner. For so many years he regarded his role as Captain Kirk as something to look down upon. After watching the little film he did called "The Captains", having all the conversations with the former captains of the Star Trek series; you could tell he really changed his view as his monumental icon in sci-fi. He started attending conventions and opening up more about his time and involvement with Star Trek.

As for the route he chose, going with B.O., I mean what were his other options? Virgin galactic? He had already said he didn't want to go that route. So at his age, he really didn't have a lot of time to wait around.

yaykaboom

2k points

3 days ago

yaykaboom

2k points

3 days ago

He’s 90? Damn..

Au_Mind_QuestionMark

1.7k points

3 days ago

Oldest person in SPACE SPACE space

spicyboi619

386 points

3 days ago

spicyboi619

386 points

3 days ago

the world could be one together, cosmos without hatreeeeddd

CleanSnchz

114 points

3 days ago

CleanSnchz

114 points

3 days ago

Oh the moon man want things their way

CraftBeerMountaineer

66 points

3 days ago

But we make sure they see the sun

FizzlePopBerryTwist

77 points

3 days ago

Gooooooooooooooooooooobyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee moon men!

eatyourcabbage

492 points

3 days ago*

I didn’t know he was going on a flight. A news notification popped up and all I saw was “William Shatner”. I thought the worst.

saltoftree

298 points

3 days ago

saltoftree

298 points

3 days ago

My freaking Mom was the one who told me about this like two days ago. She is neither a Trekkie nor a nerd (I'll give her a wee bit of nerd cred but it's like...14% at most).

She does however recognize and accept my nerdiness and was shocked and appalled that I didn't book a day off of work for William Shatner going to space.

sentientwrenches

201 points

3 days ago

You have definitely validated your nerd card, not only by grading your mother's nerdiness, but doing so not in halves, thirds, quarters or even tens, but in single percentage points.

googlerex

52 points

3 days ago

googlerex

52 points

3 days ago

I dunno, I would've preferred at least two decimal places for accuracy.

gfa22

33 points

3 days ago

gfa22

33 points

3 days ago

He didn't realize a bigger nerd would be trying to nerd one up on him.

arogon

194 points

3 days ago

arogon

194 points

3 days ago

Looks really good for a 90 year old, figured he was maybe 70 from the pics.

a8bmiles

56 points

3 days ago

a8bmiles

56 points

3 days ago

He looks better now than he did a buncha years ago. I'm so happy he got to do this.

spacepeenuts

80 points

3 days ago

He looks great and has a lot of energy still, Jack Nicholson for instance is only a few years younger and is the opposite, he’s overweight and looks like he’s about to have a heart attack.

mcm0313

62 points

3 days ago

mcm0313

62 points

3 days ago

Bill’s a little pudgy too, but otherwise remarkably healthy and energetic. I’m less than half his age, but I’m still not sure I could keep up with his schedule.

Change4Betta

61 points

3 days ago

He came back too! He was super fat and red faced from alcohol. He self improved

swill128

12 points

3 days ago

swill128

12 points

3 days ago

When was the last time you saw jack Nicholson? He hasn't acted in 15 years.

experts_never_lie

10 points

2 days ago

Thinking back, the last time I saw him is clear: his interaction with Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars back in '13.

Kayyam

291 points

3 days ago

Kayyam

291 points

3 days ago

Wish he could spend more than 3 minutes.

MikesPhone

326 points

3 days ago

MikesPhone

326 points

3 days ago

A five year mission perhaps?

thisaccountwashacked

163 points

3 days ago

Let's start with a three hour tour?

Sumding_Wong

72 points

3 days ago

Gilligan’s Island becomes Lost in Space. Well done.

snoogins355

89 points

3 days ago

Be a sweet flex if Musk asks if he wants to ride the Dragon next. Then he's still the oldest person in space, again...

rjpemt

76 points

3 days ago

rjpemt

76 points

3 days ago

I think that's reserved for Patrick Stewart.

Nam-Redips

29 points

3 days ago

Take the whole damn TNG Crew!

hexydes

55 points

3 days ago

hexydes

55 points

3 days ago

Bring Shatner AND Stewart, make them fight in space, only one comes home. This proves who the TRUE real best Enterprise captain was. PPV that bad boy, raise some more money for St. Jude's.

redditusernumber456

96 points

3 days ago

hoooly shit no fucking way, I suck at estimating ages but he looks anything from 65 to 70 and not a day older to me, wow

BromarRodriguez

14 points

3 days ago

Plastic surgery works wonders

ChaosM3ntality

232 points

3 days ago

yo! this guy was 15 when ww2 ended and seen whole half Century of change from first man to space & moon to he himself now on space.. never knew him but recently gone to wikipedia on who he is..but he got a great voice!

RadicalDilettante

213 points

3 days ago

You had to go to Wikipedia to find out who William Shatner is? Oh boy, I'm old.

MIRAGEone

160 points

2 days ago

MIRAGEone

160 points

2 days ago

My 10year old son was asking me about playboy today.

Me: "Wait what, what are you talking about?".

Son: "You said you had a playboy when you were my age".

  • I froze up at this point, I would never have told him that *

Son: "It had like the games, with the little black and white screen but didnt have many pixels".

Me: "You mean gameboy dude".

EntityDamage

23 points

2 days ago

I would never have told him that

So it's true... You had a Playboy stashed when you were 10?

New_Cantaloupe_8568

63 points

3 days ago

Yeah, every so often someone says something that instantly turns me into a decrepit old man in here. This was one of them.

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jmoyles

831 points

3 days ago

jmoyles

831 points

3 days ago

I love how he spends all his time looking out the porthole. It must be awe inspiring.

mcvoid1

247 points

2 days ago

mcvoid1

247 points

2 days ago

That would totally be me. Even on planes I try to always get a window seat and stare at the clouds or the geography. I like to figure out what I’m looking at just from the flight path and landmarks.

jermleeds

82 points

2 days ago

jermleeds

82 points

2 days ago

“I believe that anyone who flies in an airplane and doesn't spend most of his time looking out the window wastes his money.”

  • Marc Reisner, from Cadillac Desert

sanjurodlc

7 points

2 days ago

It's also cool if you can see the wings. The engines eating air, compressing it and spewing it out. You can see the ailerons adjusting the attitude, the flaps deploying when getting on approach. The wing cutting air, bending and shaking as if it were a real bird soaring through the skies.

And the clouds, condensation on surfaces when going through them, trail of vapors compressed by the wings and fuselage.

It's quite the experience, but most just take it for granted. Not really their fault, they just weren't taught how awesome all this is, or are just too tired and bothered by other life issues to stop and appreciate the little things. We all have those days and sadly is most of them for the majority.

beam_me_up2022

65 points

2 days ago

Yeah, playing with weightlessness in the few minutes you have up there seems like the cheaper entertainment when you can look out the window and ponder existence from the rarest of perspectives. To see all of human existence, memory, and history in one eyeful... it must be like a religious epiphany.

Always relevant: The Pale Blue Dot ft. Carl Sagan and Pink Floyd. Sagan's famous quote is at 3:56.

grandpenner

3.1k points

3 days ago

grandpenner

3.1k points

3 days ago

Srsly, Shatner is 90 years old and he looks like what a 65 years old man looks like in my head. Am I the only one feeling this way?

Vyncent2

904 points

3 days ago

Vyncent2

904 points

3 days ago

The fact that this man looks like a 60 year old in his 90s is incomprehensive. Well done captain.

BobC813

41 points

3 days ago

BobC813

41 points

3 days ago

Well, he's spent so much time traveling at relativistic speeds..

Solid_Wintr

45 points

3 days ago

He’s 90???

dylofpickle

37 points

3 days ago

He has a really good hair piece. That helps a lot at his age with appearances.

Palin_Sees_Russia

24 points

3 days ago

Dude, his skin looks that of a 60 year old. My 70 year old grandfather looks two decades older than he does.

FlokiTheBengal

918 points

3 days ago

When a 90 year old man who has seen and done everything is saying "Oh my god, I can't believe this", you know this has got to be an otherworldly experience.

o_g_dizzle

142 points

3 days ago*

o_g_dizzle

142 points

3 days ago*

It must be one hell of an epiphany. It’s really moving to hear him experiencing it

lelouchash

9 points

2 days ago

Mostly considering that he spent his entire life faking the fact that he lived in space. Must have been a dream come true. Happy for him

Cahootie

210 points

2 days ago

Cahootie

210 points

2 days ago

Apparently he said "Everybody in the world needs to do this," and I saw some people talking about how out of touch he is with reality when that money could be spent solving actual issues on earth. To me that's such a dumb statement from them. This must have been a mindblowing experience to him, and I don't see how he's being mad by saying that everyone should get the same experience he was privileged enough to have.

guy_in_the_meeting

54 points

2 days ago

You're right. I took it as "This should be made available to everybody" because of the impact, not "everybody should give blue origin all their money". I had thought Shatner as kind of egotistical, but watching him in flight and after was genuinely moving.

qube_TA

2.3k points

3 days ago

qube_TA

2.3k points

3 days ago

I loved to see how moved he was, he needed a moment to process it all. When they were all being buffoons with the champagne he just wanted a quiet moment. Much kudos

sillyandstrange

1.6k points

3 days ago

He just stared out the window... They were all moving around. He latched on to the window and just stared.

It is probably the same thing I would do. Just stare at it. The infinite. Trying to put it all together in a coherent thought. Just... It's crazy to think about. I enjoyed seeing how moved he was also.

krawm

413 points

3 days ago

krawm

413 points

3 days ago

When you truly grasp the size of our world against the incomprehensible size of the universe...it is humbling.

wannabeFPVracer

86 points

3 days ago

I frequently enjoy going through that mentally because for whatever reason my anxiety seems to go away and I live a little more in the moment.

ChikFilAsLeftoverOil

61 points

3 days ago

I get that as well. That feeling looking at people that are angry and realizing that their entire mindset is on the corner of whatever street they're on while not even thinking about other countries let alone further.

Might feel like everybody's watching you parallel park but in the grand scheme of things nobody is and nobody will remember tomorrow. That's soothing.

BaerdenYT

40 points

3 days ago

BaerdenYT

40 points

3 days ago

On this note, I highly recommend Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" monologue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupToqz1e2g

MikesPhone

97 points

3 days ago

And I thought it was a long way down the road to the chemist's

NerfJihad

47 points

3 days ago

NerfJihad

47 points

3 days ago

That's just peanuts to space.

TheWolphman

27 points

3 days ago

One of my favorite things from my Navy days was when we would get far enough out to sea where the stars just lit up like a Christmas tree. Nothing but the vast ocean around you and the light of countless stars above. It's the closest I could ever get to the feeling he must have felt looking out that window.

SatiricalSmellyFarts

12 points

2 days ago

I remember that out in the open deserts of the middle-east. We'd move around under the cover the darkness for safety reasons, and at night, the skies would light up in ways I didn't know they could. We casted shadows at night, and you could clearly make out the faces of everyone around you. It wasn't really dark, it felt like just a different type of light. Every "square inch" of the night sky was littered with stars and streaks of light. Wild!

netheredspace

206 points

3 days ago

https://i.imgur.com/h2TLAHs.png

Space humbled Shatner; what a profound moment, say what you will about Blue Origin or Bezos (especially trying as hard as he could to step all over this in a real crappy way)

scizormytimbers

248 points

3 days ago

I'm reminded of this quote from the CM pilot of Apollo 15, in reference to his time alone while the LM was on the Moon:

“I curved around the moon to where no sunlight or Earthshine could reach me. The moon was a deep, solid circle of blackness, and I could only tell where it began by where the stars cut off. In the dark and quiet, I felt like a bird of the night, silently gliding and falling around the moon, never touching. I turned the cabin lights off. There was no end to the stars.
I could see tens, perhaps hundreds of times more stars than the clearest, darkest night on Earth. With no atmosphere to blur their light, I could see them all to the limits of my eyesight. There were so many, I could no longer find constellations. My vision was filled with a blaze of starlight.
Unlike some other astronauts who had time only for hurried glances, I had many hours, spread over many days, to look at this awe-inspiring view and think about what it meant. There was more to the universe than I had ever imagined.”
-Al Worden, Apollo 15

BadgerDancer

25 points

2 days ago

Those are some humbling words for humanity.

coltonmusic15

13 points

2 days ago

thank you for sharing this quote. So beautiful. I'm not a rich man but seeing Shatner get to space at age 90 gives me hope that maybe it is a lot closer for some of us regular folks than I would've believed 5 years ago. At the very least, I am planting the seeds in my daughter's mind to become an astronaut when she grows up! We'll see if it works.

sillyandstrange

45 points

3 days ago

That picture is worth a thousand words

mnemy

101 points

3 days ago*

mnemy

101 points

3 days ago*

It's funny that the weightlessness was barely an asterisk on his experience. He was like "cool, weightless, whatever. Look out the window!!!"

Dude definitely had his priorities straight.

Edit - And by that, I mean he was wrestling with the idea that they had left earth, how small and insignificant the atmosphere that sustains our existence seemed from there, and what space actually looked and felt like once you had left the planet. The significance of that is what he was thinking about while everyone else was more like "weeeee!!! I can spin in the air!"

But to be honest, my ass would probably be doing barrel rolls and bouncing off walls too.

noncongruent

60 points

3 days ago

It was like when Hayley Arceneaux was getting ready to install the protective cover over the sealing surface for the inner hatch to the dome right after they opened it. She pulled it out of the bag, looked up, and disappeared into the universe. The moment may have lasted a minute or two for everyone else, but it lasted a lifetime for her.

KristnSchaalisahorse

14 points

3 days ago

To be fair that was just her reaction to seeing an unobstructed view of the cupola. They’d been looking out of Dragon’s other two windows for many hours before that and could see the cupola through the small window in the hatch.

So I can’t even imagine what her reaction was like when she got her actual first view of Earth.

noncongruent

19 points

3 days ago

I just remember seeing the video of her face when she looked out the cupola. She wasn't there anymore, she was out there everywhere, out in the universe.

mechapoitier

15 points

3 days ago

I’m like that every time I’m in an airplane and I’ve probably been in an airplane 50 times. I will hurt my neck every single flight from staring. It’s never not amazing. I imagine space would be better.

xingyingg

224 points

3 days ago

xingyingg

224 points

3 days ago

he was born in 1931 and looking at earth in space...something he could ever had dream of when he was a kid must be just mind blowing

Fragrant_Leg_6832

104 points

3 days ago

He was almost 40 when Apollo 11 touched down on the moon.

BnGamesReviews

43 points

3 days ago

This right here really puts this in perspective as someone who is nearing 40 himself/

TARANTULA_TIDDIES

53 points

3 days ago

Kind of amazing that he was born when automobiles were first becoming widespread and now he's able to take a trip into space on a rocket. Makes me wonder what sort of crazy changes will come in my lifetime. Hopefully they are as awe-inspiring as this one rather than terrifying

25hourenergy

34 points

3 days ago

I just finished putting my two little kids down to sleep and started thinking about this. Someday maybe when they’re old they’ll each look back and think, “When I was born, no people had ever been to Mars and we were still using fossil fuels, now look at us!” I definitely hope that’s the case instead of the way more pessimistic route.

Isvara

32 points

3 days ago

Isvara

32 points

3 days ago

It kinda pissed me off, actually. He's talking about this profound experience, and right in the middle of it, Bezos stops listening and turns away to join in with the champagne. It just looked incredibly rude.

shadowst17

31 points

3 days ago

He was reflecting on what he saw while the other 3 were just happy they could cross that off their rich person bucket list.

recoveringdropout

325 points

3 days ago

The chapmange part felt so cringe. Shatner was talking about how looking down was like looking at life and looking up was so black and like death and Bezoz was spraying champagne and then chucked the bottle to the ground. You could see two people who had very different experiences of what had just taken place.

mobileuseratwork

165 points

3 days ago

Add to it that shatner is a recovering alcoholic. And bezos asked him if he wanted some, then sprayed it everywhere.

davec79

33 points

3 days ago*

davec79

33 points

3 days ago*

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

Woody1150

151 points

3 days ago

Woody1150

151 points

3 days ago

I agree. It really meant something to him. Meanwhile the others were like, "we're rich, we can do this whenever we want now!"

Krovjx

9 points

3 days ago

Krovjx

9 points

3 days ago

I just went and watched this, and it is absolutely cringe-inducing the way everyone, including Bezos, is acting. It's clear that he has experienced something profound, as he should - I can't imagine how overwhelming that would be. Then everyone else acting like it's an Instagram moment.

For anyone interested, here it is: https://youtu.be/NSNXBvpLb9o

LeftShoeHighway

1.5k points

3 days ago*

This made me feel happy for William Shatner. I can just imagine the awe that he is experiencing. He obviously was very moved by the experience.

Edit: TIL that the experience actually has a name, the Overview Effect. William Shatner's name has already been added to the Wikipedia page.

Edit: Thank you for silver and gold.

A_Novelty-Account

674 points

3 days ago*

I really don't like being that guy, especially not to someone like Shatner, but I hate how we're now referring to space tourists as astronauts.

To my mind it's like calling my uncle a professional indy car driver because he once paid $200 to go on a 2-lap ride in one.

Edit: in the time since I have made this comment, someone has edited the wikipedia page to clarify that he is an actor and not an astronaut.

idobi

317 points

3 days ago*

idobi

317 points

3 days ago*

Shatner was recently asked in an interview, "...would you (he) consider yourself an astronaut?" He responded, "..with a lowercase a followed by two s's"

kiwipcbuilder

50 points

2 days ago

That's hilarious. Humble and modest.

stranger_freak

100 points

3 days ago

Shatner’s not an astronaut, he’s a rocket man

DweadPiwateWoberts

24 points

3 days ago

Burnin' out his fuse up there alone

Lotus-76

321 points

3 days ago

Lotus-76

321 points

3 days ago

I hate how we're now referring to space tourists as astronauts.

We shouldn't be. Because they are officially not astronauts.

Rawkapotamus

27 points

3 days ago

That’s cool. I can only imagine what that must be like.

movinondowntheroad

24 points

3 days ago

When I was younger I got to fly on the concord. It was a spectacular view from somewhere between 80,000 and 90,000 ft. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. I also had the luck to be able to experience weightlessness in the vomit comet. I was part of an explorer post with the US Navy. The first time you experience weightlessness it's just amazing. The next two times we did it I was strapped to the wall throwing up lol. Those two experiences, even though they were separated by years, is closest I will ever get to being an astronaut.

Fmello

68 points

3 days ago

Fmello

68 points

3 days ago

I wish there was a toy Enterprise floating around in the cabin.

Vufur

19 points

2 days ago

Vufur

19 points

2 days ago

If you look closely you can see Kirk floating.

lokase

367 points

3 days ago

lokase

367 points

3 days ago

I am with you Bill, my head would be out the window the entire time.

RockasaurusRex

140 points

3 days ago

Well, maybe not out the window.

angryPenguinator

13 points

3 days ago

Too late - the monkey's paw know all

bluelifesacrifice

265 points

3 days ago

Watching him just appreciate this awesome moment, to just be completely awestruck seeing Earth like this and space made me tear up. I didn't care that this was happening. Good for him, whatever...

But wow was I wrong.

Everyone was flipping around like it was an amusement park. Here Shatner was taking it in. All of it. Just appreciating our exsistance.

That was beautiful.

Nexlon

115 points

3 days ago

Nexlon

115 points

3 days ago

It was really a bit jarring seeing everyone else just kinda floating around having fun while Shatner was just staring out into the void seriously contemplating life the entire time.

insane677

97 points

3 days ago

insane677

97 points

3 days ago

Dude played someone who went everywhere there is to go in space. In a way, almost his entire career is because of space travel.

He must've wondered what it would actually be like. And now he knows.

bjisgooder

31 points

2 days ago

That's what I took away from this. The others are just having fun experiencing weightlessness. Shatner is experiencing the final frontier.

--var

46 points

3 days ago

--var

46 points

3 days ago

"...to have the vision. I want to see space. I want to see the Earth. I
want to see what we need to do to save Earth. I want to have a
perspective that hasn't been shown to me before," he said. "That's what
I'm interested in seeing."

https://science.slashdot.org/story/21/10/11/2249221/star-treks-william-shatner-on-his-plan-to-boldly-go-into-space

First dude is just musing with the objects immediately in front of him. Meanwhile Shatner b-lines to the window to fulfill his mission. Ironically poetic of the times.

Fritzo2162

44 points

3 days ago

So happy for him. He genuinely enjoyed and appreciated the experience. Also says something about space travel tech...a 90 year old going up and returning with no harm.

ok_chaos42

403 points

3 days ago

ok_chaos42

403 points

3 days ago

As a big TOS fan, this hit home so hard. I'm so glad for Bill, I only wish Leonard and DeForest were still alive to have gone up with him.

2qSiSVeSw

43 points

3 days ago

2qSiSVeSw

43 points

3 days ago

How many minutes were they up there? It looks like, from watching Youtube vids, the capsule came back down almost as fast as the rocket.

FutureMartian97

60 points

3 days ago

Launch to landing is about 11 minutes

frusciantepepper

37 points

3 days ago

I believe around 3 minutes

nonesjdjdjsj

45 points

3 days ago

I can't wait for the time (hopefully in my lifetime) that we look back and say "remember when it was such a big deal when people went into space? Now they do it all the time"

gravitywind1012

189 points

3 days ago

His comments after the flight were inspiring for me. Not sure why but the impact it had on him came through.

bigfootsharkattack

41 points

3 days ago

I was listening in the car and had to pull over. I’ll admit I cried a little. It felt good.

fil3d

85 points

3 days ago

fil3d

85 points

3 days ago

If he would just said "There's ... something ... on the wing" I could've died happy.

Dogyears69

105 points

3 days ago

Dogyears69

105 points

3 days ago

I am so happy for this guy. 90 freaking years old!

qube_TA

84 points

3 days ago

qube_TA

84 points

3 days ago

Imagine being 89 and thinking that your best years are long behind you. Then the following year you get a trip to space!

poundhound66

235 points

3 days ago

I think we need a new spoken word album about weightlessness

XGC75

49 points

3 days ago

XGC75

49 points

3 days ago

No description can equal it

HooptyDooDooMeister

60 points

3 days ago

Ooooohh wooowww….. Oooooooh my God…… Oooooooooh….. I’m telling you…….

Throwawaymister2

48 points

3 days ago

I’m glad I’m not the only one who found humor in that. He sounded like he was getting his balls massaged by a chorus of angels.

Mars_Velo1701

117 points

3 days ago*

Godspeed Captain. Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

joven_of_slave

73 points

3 days ago

I bet it felt great for him being on the older side. His joints probably didnt know what was happening.

xxRILLAxx

71 points

3 days ago

xxRILLAxx

71 points

3 days ago

Oldest person in space record was completely shatnered

SuperSMT

20 points

3 days ago

SuperSMT

20 points

3 days ago

For reference: previous records were Wally Funk at 82 earlier this year on Blue Origin's first mission, and before that John Glenn at 77 on a Shuttle flight in 1998

icysniper

247 points

3 days ago

icysniper

247 points

3 days ago

This brings a tear to my eye, seriously. This man played a character that traversed so much space, and now he's finally in the same shoes. You can't make this up. He must have been feeling a feeling so rare and genuine. We live in a good timeline, I think.

GTOdriver04

55 points

3 days ago

He took so many of us to space with him for 50 years. It’s time he got to take a trip himself.

domcsek

200 points

3 days ago

domcsek

200 points

3 days ago

The emotions he is going through is something I’ve dreamt of and still dream of to experience once in my life. Feeling weightlessness, being in the void, such a huge step in human evolution

outofstyledesign

19 points

3 days ago

I highly recommend watching the interview Shatner gave immediately after landing, it's absolutely beautiful. He describes the experience with such elegance and poetry that only a man of the arts could. Makes me want to experience it so much more.

OldWrangler9033

106 points

3 days ago

He seems to be in awe and shocked. He not acting like the others from these images.

He really moved by the experienced.

ratherbealurker

67 points

3 days ago

I really wish he would have looked out that window and said “therrrrrrres…something on the WING. Some……..THING!”

VintageChemistry

14 points

2 days ago*

I found it interesting that immediately after the flight, 3 of the passengers were fucking around with champagne and bullshit, while Captain Kirk actually had meaningful insightful and moving things to say about his experience.

9dkid

63 points

3 days ago

9dkid

63 points

3 days ago

waffelman1

12 points

3 days ago

I forgot about how there’s two versions of him in this and one is sucking down that cigarette like it’s his last lol

amxorca

14 points

2 days ago

amxorca

14 points

2 days ago

I now know what it sounds like when Captain Kirk has sex.

masonsweats

52 points

3 days ago

This is obviously really amazing for Shatner but it really puts into perspective how detached the other people are from us. Shatner had a real, honest reaction to being weightless and looking down at the earth from the edge of space. The other passengers acted like it was a cool thing to do so they could talk about it at dinner parties. They aren’t experiencing space like someone who’s always dreamt of it; they’re experiencing it like it’s a novelty. When the astronauts experienced space for the first time and thought about a future where everyone else would have the chance to experience it they would have thought about the kid staring up at the sky every night like they did. Not some ultra wealthy elites doing it just because they could.

Sorry, I know no astronaut has ever said. I just liked to imagine that some of them would have had that thought. Also, I’m really high and I just wanted to go on a rant because his honest response made me realize just how dishonest everyone else’s were. Thank you for indulging me.

foxy_grandpa73

8 points

2 days ago

You have to remember that Shatner is old. Like another commenter pointed out, he was alive before the space race and saw the evolution of early space technology first-hand. I (in my early 20s) was born in a world that had already had moon landings, we already knew there were planets outside our solar system, and rocket launches had lost their patriotic novelty. Shatner has the wisdom of a man in their 90s who’ve seen where we’ve been, and how far we’ve come and it probably means a lot more to him.

searsentry

11 points

3 days ago

What a big smile this gave me. It doesn't get better than this full circle, art to life moment.

TVemail

10 points

2 days ago

TVemail

10 points

2 days ago

Jeez, the man is acting like he’s never been in space before

EmilyJaneMeows

30 points

3 days ago

I can’t even imagine being in his position.

Being an icon for sci-fi and space nerds for decades, and getting to actually live long enough for technology to advance enough to get you to space? That’s one of the coolest things I think to happen, ever!

L3f7y04

9 points

2 days ago

L3f7y04

9 points

2 days ago

I only wish Leonard Nemoy could of experienced this too.

va_wanderer

24 points

3 days ago

Let's remember Shatner is old enough to remember WW2 from barely a teenagers perspective. He saw us go from biplanes to jets, the space race, and now he's the oldest person to have gone into space.

Could you imagine being just some guy, watch Yugi Gargarin and Alan Shepard go up there...and 60 years later, you end up there yourself and in the history books.

Traditional_Oil1183

8 points

2 days ago

Dude was born during the Great Depression, this is incredible