Mr. Bezos, who said he was inspired by “Star Trek” as a boy, asked, still idolized. He is Mr. Shatner may have been given a little space, but it was completely different from his appearance when he was on the same spacecraft after his own space flight in July. Later, Bezos stepped down from the stage and drew criticism from critics of the broader company he founded because he thanked Amazon staff and customers for making it possible for him to fund his private space company.
Mr. Shatner shared the capsule with three other passengers on Wednesday: Audrey Powers, vice president of Blue Origin overseeing the operations of the new Shepherd, and two paying clients: Chris Poshewson, co-founder of Earth-monitoring firm Planet Labs and co-founder of a medical research firm.
The launch was pushed back nearly an hour by two pauses to the launch countdown on Wednesday morning – partly caused by additional tests of the spacecraft and the air near its launch site. The four were taken to the Blue Origin launchpad in electric trucks, surrounded by Mr. Bezos and company staff about an hour ago.
For a moment, it seemed that Mr. Bezos, wearing an airplane suit similar to the one he wore in July, would fly into space with them. But before leaving the hood he closed the hatch door and sent the passengers away.
The rocket took off at 9:49 a.m. local time, flying as fast as a bullet traveling at 2,235 miles per hour, sending the crew to an altitude of 65.8 miles. The entire journey lasted 10 minutes, 17 seconds, giving all four passengers about four minutes of weightlessness.
Speaking to reporters after the flight, Mr Boschwen likened the crew’s entry into space into a rock hitting the surface of a lake. “I tried to laugh but my jaw pushed into my head,” he said.