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William Shatner tells how space travel home is ‘gambling’ with the planet

Star Trek’s William Shatner has said that his trip to space underscored to him how society is “gambling” with the planet.

In October, the 91-year-old man became the oldest person to go into space after he blew up a rocket built by Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company Blue Origin.

Shatner, who is best known as Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise, revealed that he has been filming the journey for an upcoming documentary about his life.

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William Shatner with his space travel companions (Blue Origin via AP)

Reminiscing about his journey to the final frontier, he told The Sunday Times: “When I went up there and I could see the curvature of the Earth and the immense black around it, it really struck. to our house do not know how much and how. We are gambling with our planet.

“I can’t help thinking about the terrible burden my two-year-old grandson Clive has to face as he gets older.”

He said his daughters tried to convince him not to go because they thought it was “too dangerous” but his grandchildren thought it was “too cool”.

Shatner and three other passengers took off on a fully automated 60ft New Shepard rocket from Van Horn, west Texas, in October.

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Starring with Actor William Shatner in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Alamy / PA)

During the trip, the actor and those on board experienced a sense of weightlessness as they reached the edge of space.

After a ride that lasted about 10 minutes, the capsule fell back to Earth with the assistance of a parachute.

At the time, the actor described it as “the most profound experience I could imagine”.

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The upcoming documentary will document his experience, as well as reflect on his life and acting career and how it came to be.

“Filmed a documentary about my life recently to reminisce about my childhood,” he said.

“I was part of my high school football team and then I played freshman football in college, but I got kicked out of the team because I was too young, so I started to join. acting.”

The full interview is available on The Sunday Times.

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