Space company Blue Origin sent tourists to the edge of space for the second time on Wednesday afternoon.
On board the rocket was ninety-year-old William Shatner, who for many years played Captain Kirk in the
Star Trek series
The New Shepard rocket was launched from the Texas launch site at 4:50 p.m.
The ship flew to the edge of space, at about 100 kilometers altitude.
There the tourists were weightless for several minutes.
About ten minutes after launch, the capsule landed back on Earth, using a parachute.
The rocket was supposed to take off on Tuesday, but the launch was postponed due to weather conditions.
Shatner is the oldest person to have traveled to the edge of space.
Until recently, that was Wally Funk, the 82-year-old woman who went on the first flight of Blue Origin in July, along with Jeff Bezos and the eighteen-year-old Dutchman Oliver Daemen (the youngest person in space).
It was a special journey for Shatner.
He starred on
from 1966 to 1994
as Captain James T. Kirk, the commander of the spaceship USS Enterprise.
"In a way it is indescribable," Shatner reacted emotionally after the landing.
"Everyone in the world needs to see this. It's unbelievable. Being weightless, but also seeing the blue sky disappear and fall into the pitch dark. It touched me so much."
In addition to the old actor, three more people were on board.
It concerns the American Blue Origin employee Audrey Powers, the Australian former NASA employee Chris Boshuizen and the American Glen de Vries, CEO of medical software company Medidata.Keywords: william shatner, blue origin, edge, rocket, tourists, space, star trek, flight, woman, audrey powers, launch, series, medidata, parachute., capsule