In front of the camera, William Shatner has led many fantastic space voyages as Captain James T. Kirk.
Today, the actor is 90 years old and has become the oldest person to visit space on a rocket built by Blue Origin, a private space flight company created by billionaire Jeff Bezos.
For many, seeing a zero-gravity-experienced Chatner landing on Earth after an orbital flight is a childhood dream come true, a magical convergence between the realm of science fiction and reality. was.
Looking at Shatner Attempts to explain his experience are truly moving, as he erupts so long about the beauty of the Earth, the universe, and life itself. Captain Kirk was a non-flapping hero, and it’s a poetic irony to see Shatner so humble. After landing, Shatner said:
“To see the blue color [of the atmosphere] Shoot like that. Below is the mother, comfort, and above is death. What is it death? It’s very moving. I didn’t expect it … It’s full of excitement. It’s extraordinary. I hope I will never recover from this, keep what I feel now. It’s much bigger than me. It has to do with hugeness, the speed of life and death. Oh my God! It’s beautiful in itself. “
Indeed, there are countless individuals who have devoted their lives to exploring space, inspired by the ideals presented in. Star TrekEspecially in the iconic original series starring Shatner. Some seem to have grown up and helped send people into space.
But it’s hard to ignore the fact that Jeff Bezos won a phenomenal PR victory. Captain Kirk returns safely to Earth and praises Lex Luthor.
For Blue Origin, the PR stunts were done at the perfect time. The company was recently hit by a public essay backed by 20 ex-employees and current employees, accusing the company of avoiding security measures and fostering a culture of sexual harassment.
While Shatner’s space flight has gained a lot of positivity, critics have said that space is at risk of becoming a millionaire playground, spewing a stunning amount of pollution into each rocket carrying privileged cargo, and the world. Burned and immediately commented on the fact that it was economical. Inequality spreads.
Bezos’ PR stunts, despite their insidious features, are in a strange, somewhat contradictory space between joy and despair, like a cigarette ad that was able to achieve a level of artistic merit. ..
It’s hard to doubt that Bezos is ready to look at the dollar sign, stare into the universe, look at the treasure trove of raw materials, and convert it into a product for consumption. Shatner lovingly found it difficult to explain his experience.
Indeed, Shatner seems to be truly overwhelmed by his view of the Earth from above. His reaction reflects the awe of astronomer Carl Sagan talking about our planet and highlights the vulnerability of our “pale blue dots” between the stars.
Ideally, Shatner’s words may inspire similar awe for the planet that gave birth to us. “Captain Kirk visits space” may be a cynical PR stunt in a broader context in the rush of millionaires trying to privatize space travel, but nevertheless it is uplifting. Did.