“What you have given me is the deepest experience I can imagine.”
These were the words of William Shatner, moments after returning to Earth from a trip outside space, during an emotional conversation with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.
The Canadian actor who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series added that space travel was “incredible” and something that “everyone in the world should do.”
“It was so touching for me,” Shatner said.
Bezos’ company launched Shatner and three other people on a New Shepard rocket on Wednesday, with the crew spending a couple of minutes in microgravity during the flight to and from space.
Read the full transcript of what Shatner said to Bezos below or watch the video above.
Shatner: “Everyone in the world should do this. Everyone in the world should see … it was incredible. “
Shatner: “I mean little things, weightlessness and the sight of the blue passing through, and now you’re looking into the darkness. That’s the point. This blue blanket is this sheet, this blanket, this blue blanket around.” what we have around us. We think “oh, this blue sky”, and suddenly you penetrate through it, as if you are tearing off a sheet when you sleep, and you look into the darkness – into black ugliness … And you look down, there is blue below, and there is black, and there is Mother Earth and consolation, and – is there death?
Shatner: “It was so touching for me. This is an experience; it was incredible. Yes, weightlessness, my stomach was out of order, it was so weird, but not as weird as the blue coating is something I never expected. one thing to say “about the sky … and it’s fragile” is all true. But what’s not true what’s unknown until you do [go to space] this is a pillow, this one is soft blue. Look at the beauty of this color. And it’s so subtle that you can handle it in no time. How thick is he? Is it a mile? “
Bezos: “The atmosphere, it depends on how you measure, because from how thin it gets, maybe 50 miles.”
Shatner: “So you’ve gone 50 miles … all of a sudden you went through the blue and plunged into black … it’s mysterious, and galaxies, and so on, but what you see is black, but what you see there , is light, and that’s the difference. “
Shatner: “And not have it? You did something … what you gave me is the deepest experience I can imagine. I am so overwhelmed with emotion about what just happened. It’s unusual. I hope I never get better. from this. I hope I can keep what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it. This is much more than me and life; it has nothing to do with the little green-blue ball. associated with the monstrosity, speed and suddenness of life and death. My God, this is incredible. “
Bezos: “It’s so beautiful.”
Shatner: “Beautiful, yes, beautiful in a sense, but.”
Bezos: “No, I mean your words. It’s just amazing. “
Shatner: “I can’t even begin to express … what I would like to do is tell as much as possible – it’s a danger. The moment you see the vulnerability of everything; it’s so little. This air that keeps us alive thinner than your skin. This is a strip; it is immeasurably small when you think about the universe. This is negligible, this air. Mars has nothing, nothing. I mean when you think about when carbon dioxide changes oxygen and what 20% support our life? He is so subtle. “
Bezos: “And you get through so fast.”
Shatner: “So fast! 50 miles. “
Bezos: “And then you’re just in the dark.”
Shatner: “You are in death.”
Bezos: “This is life.”
Shatner: “And this is death. At the moment, this is life, and this is death. And in the blink of an eye, you say, “Wow, this is death.” This is what I saw. “
Bezos: It’s amazing. “
Shatner: “I’m shocked. I had no idea. You know, we talked before before we said, “Well, you know, things will be different.” Whatever your phrase, that you have a different view of things? It didn’t begin to explain, describe it for me. “
Shatner: “Now it’s advertising. It would be so important that everyone gets this experience through one medium or something else – maybe you put it in 3D and put on glasses to get that experience, it’s definitely a technical opportunity.
Shatner: “We were lying there, and I think – one delay after another, and we are lying there – and I think,” Yes, I’m a little nervous here. ” And they moved the page, and “oh, something in the engine,” they said, “Found an anomaly in the engine … we’ll wait a little longer.” And I can feel it in my stomach, in the biome inside, and I think, “Okay, I guess I’m a little nervous here,” and then another delay. By the way, simulation … it’s just simulation, everything else is much more complicated. “
Bezos: “Doesn’t catch.”
Shatner: “It does not catch … and, besides, with danger, BREAK this thing hits. It was nothing like a simulation. “
Bezos: “These are forces of overload!”
Shatner: “These are the forces of G. And you think:“ What will become of me? Will I be able to survive the G forces? »Do you feel it? Will I survive this? Lord just get up bloody [launch tower] the portal was enough. My God, what an experience. “
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