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Star Trek’s William Shatner goes to space on Blue Origin [Watch]

William Shatner, famous for portraying Captain Kirk on the original “Star Trek,” just made history as the oldest man in space.

Shatner, 90, hitched a ride aboard a suborbital spacecraft that grazed the edge of outer space before parachuting to a landing.

“That was unlike anything they described,” Shatner could be heard saying on the flight livestream just before landing.

Shatner blasted off onboard a New Shepard spacecraft — the one developed by Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, and the same vehicle that took Bezos himself to space this summer.

Bezos, a lifelong “Star Trek” fan, flew Shatner as a comped guest. With him were three crewmates: Chris Boshuizen, a co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs, and software executive Glen de Vries, who’re both paying customers, and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, CNN writes.

“What you have given me is the most profound experience, I am so filled with emotion, just extraordinary,” a thrilled Shatner told Bezos, immediately after emerging from the capsule.

“I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now.”

New Shepard’s flight lasted just ten minutes from takeoff to landing, and gave the passengers about three minutes of weightlessness.

Shanter’s new record as the oldest person to fly to space one-ups the record set just three months ago by 82-year-old Wally Funk, who was a former astronaut trainee but was previously denied the opportunity to fly before she joined Bezos on his July flight.

Watch Shatner’s trip below:

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