In the marketing world, few things are worth more than a truly satisfied customer, and that’s exactly what Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin seem to have at William Shatner.Wednesday.
Like James T. Kirk in Star Trek, Shatner could often be contemplative and even profound at times. Of course, these lines have been written by Gene Roddenberry and a host of writers over the years. But Shatner’s own words during his few minutes of weightlessness and upon his return to Earth are among the most poignant spoken by a human visitor to space, made all the more wonderful when spoken in his cadence of characteristic stop.
“Weightlessness, oh Jesus! Shatner is heard exclaiming in the video above as the New Shepard crew capsule crosses the Karman Line, the conventional divider between Earth’s atmosphere and space.
“No description can match that, weightlessness… oh my god.” Oh wow. Oh, I’m telling you. Oh my god me, oh wow, I can’t believe it. ”
Not exactly poetry, but the serious reaction of a man utterly stunned by a life-changing experience after nine decades of life is a wonderful thing to see. As his teammates float and circle the capsule with a sort of dizzying pleasure, Shatner appears to spend most of the flight totally in awe and admiring the view.
Once back on dry land, after the champagne was sprayed on the desert floor, Shatner was able to start putting his words together during a conversation with Blue Origin and Amazon founder Bezos. You can watch the trade at the 2:56 mark in the video below.
“What you’ve built, everyone has to do,” Shatner told Bezos. “Everyone in the world needs to see…” he interrupts as he chokes.
“The blue blanket, the sheet, this blanket, this blue duvet that we have around us, we think, oh it’s the blue sky, and then all of a sudden you’re crossing it all of a sudden like you’re had to remove a sheet from you when you sleep and look at the dark… in the dark ugliness. And you look down and there’s the blue over there and the black up there and it’s just … there (down) is mother earth and comfort and there (up in space) is … Is there death? I don’t know, is that how death is? Whoops ! here we go ? Jesus. ”
Shatner then rubs his eyes as he cries again.
“It was so emotional for me. This experience is something incredible. ”
You don’t get a better testimony than that. I can’t wait to hear theon its flight.