Star Trek Star William Shatner made history on Wednesday, becoming the oldest person to travel in space aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The 90-year-old actor, along with three Blue Origin employees, took off from a launch pad in West Texas 66 miles into the sky on a space trip that lasted about ten minutes.
Shatner’s feat drew unexpected criticism from his circle of celebrities, from Hollywood to Buckingham Palace.
In an interview with the BBC on Thursday, Prince William said he had “absolutely no interest” in going to space, in large part because there was a “fundamental question” about the carbon cost. space flights.
“We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live,” the Duke of Cambridge told BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming when asked him what he thought of the current billionaire. space race and the space tourism hype.
“It is really crucial to focus on this [planet] rather than giving up and going into space to try to think of solutions for the future, ”added the duke.
Prince William gave the interview ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Award, named in reference to America’s ‘moonshot’ ambition of the 1960s. The award is set up to recognize solutions to climate change and environmental problems.
Shatner also got roasted by his Star Trek co-star George Takei, a longtime nemesis, who called his former on-screen captain a “guinea pig unfit” for space tourism.
“He’s boldly going where other people have been before,” Takei, 84, told Page Six on Wednesday after the Blue Origin crew landed. “So 90 years old is going to show a lot more about the wear and tear of the human body, so this will be a good specimen to study. Although he is not the fittest specimen of 90 years, he will therefore be an unfit specimen! “
Shatner hit back right away, Page Six reported, claiming that “there is psychosis there … There must be something else inside George that is festering, and it makes him miserable that” he attacks me… I only feel pity for him. “
He also responded to Prince William’s disapproval of space tourism in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, saying the prince “had a bad idea.”
“The idea here isn’t to say, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space, ”Shatner said. “The prince is missing the point. The point is, it’s the small steps to show people [that] it’s very useful. You can send someone like me to space.