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William Shatner writes about house journey in new guide: ‘I noticed a chilly, darkish, black vacancy’ – Nationwide


Final yr, Canadian actor William Shatner turned the oldest residing particular person to enter house.

The Star Trek actor turned his on-screen explorations of the cosmos right into a actuality when he boarded Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin house shuttle on Oct. 13, 2021, at 90 years previous.

Now 91, Shatner is recounting his journey in his new biography Boldly Go: Reflections on a Lifetime of Awe and Marvel.

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In his guide — a pattern of which was printed to Selection — Shatner wrote that the vastness of house was not what he’d anticipated. Although he had anticipated to be astonished and thrilled by the view from the Blue Origin pod, Shatner as an alternative wrote, “There was no thriller, no majestic awe to behold . . . all I noticed was loss of life.”

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“I noticed a chilly, darkish, black vacancy,” he continued. “It was not like any blackness you’ll be able to see or really feel on Earth.”

Accompanying Shatner on his ten-minute interstellar journey was tech mogul Glen de Vries, Blue Origin Vice President Audrey Powers and former NASA engineer Dr. Chris Boshuizen.


(L to R) Blue Origin vp of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata Options co-founder Glen de Vries wave throughout a media availability on the touchdown pad of Blue Origin’s New Shepard after they flew into house on October 13, 2021 close to Van Horn, Texas.


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In response to Shatner, whereas his fellow business astronauts loved the fun of weightlessness in house, the actor turned fairly existential.

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Shatner wrote he anticipated the Blue Origin journey to be the “final catharsis” for a human being, however it ended up being fairly the other.

“I had a unique expertise, as a result of I found that the sweetness isn’t on the market, it’s down right here, with all of us,” he wrote. “Leaving that behind made my connection to our tiny planet much more profound. It was among the many strongest emotions of grief I’ve ever encountered.”


Blue Origin vp of mission and flight operations Audrey Powers, ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner, Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata Options co-founder Glen de Vries stroll to a media availability on the touchdown pad of Blue Origin’s New Shepard after they flew into house on October 13, 2021 close to Van Horn, Texas.


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With an unparalleled chicken’s-eye view, Shatner was stuffed with “dread” as he anxious about humanity destroying planet Earth past restore.

“My journey to house was presupposed to be a celebration; as an alternative, it felt like a funeral,” he wrote.

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Nonetheless, Shatner claimed the house journey “bolstered tenfold my very own view on the facility of our stunning, mysterious collective human entanglement, and ultimately, it returned a sense of hope to my coronary heart.”

Shatner wrote that he hopes humanity will be capable to “rededicate ourselves to the planet, to one another, to life and love throughout us.”

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Lifetime of Awe and Marvel is co-authoured by TV director, producer and author Joshua Brandon. The guide was launched on Oct. 4 by the publishing home Simon & Schuster.

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