It takes a lot to impress William Shatner. After all, he was Capt. James T. Kirk - he's seen it all. But when William Shatner the actor got a ride into space on Blue Origin courtesy of Jeff Bezos, he came back raving - but perhaps that was all for show?
In a new book by Shatner titled "Boldly Go - Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder", it appears the actor was a little less enamored with his space flight than he initially let on. At the time, he seemed suitably impressed, calling the Blue Origin flight "profound" and "extraordinary."
In an excerpt, Shatner says, "I discovered that the beauty isn't out there, it's down here, with all of us. Leaving that behind made my connection to our tiny planet even more profound." He continued, "It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness." He says the idea of us humans destroying that filled him with dread.
Shatner added, "My trip to space was supposed to be a celebration; instead, it felt like a funeral."