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‘Star Trek’s’ William Shatner returns to Earth af­ter Blue Origin flight

“Star Trek” actor William Shatner (better known as Captain Kirk), became the oldest person to go to space when he lifted off Wednesday morning on Blue Origin’s second crewed flight.

Shatner, 90, was part of a four-person crew who rode inside Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule and experienced a few minutes of weightlessness in suborbital space before coming back down to Earth.

I was an original “Trekkie” as a kid growing up in Rittman. The Gene Roddenbery production was a vision­ary show that helped shape my outlook on the universe and man’s place in it.

Shatner has played a lot of roles in his long career, but he was best known for exploring space as Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series and movies. He said in a statement before the launch that he had “heard about space for a long time now” and was “taking the op­portunity to see it for myself.”

As the capsule floated back to the west Texas desert, Shatner could be heard in on-capsule audio saying: “That was unlike anything they de­scribed.” Upon landing back on Earth after the 10-minute flight, Shatner was visibly overcome by emotion.

“It’s just, there is moth­er of earth and comfort and there is ... is there, death?” Shatner said. “It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the sudden­ness of life and death, and oh, my God.”

He wiped his eyes and touched his chin. “I am over­whelmed,” Shatner said.

As captain of the Starship Enterprise, Kirk and his crew traveled the universe, explored space — the final frontier — and engaged in space diplomacy as well as battles. Critics say the billionaires should use their wealth to improve life on Earth, rather than rocketing themselves to suborbital space.

I say they never watched Star Trek. If they had, they would understand it’s motto, which I still know by heart.

“Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civiliza­tions. To boldly go where no man has gone before!

The show envisioned a world of human beings uniting to learn about the universe and man’s role in all of it. It was about learning the difference between good and evil. It was about reaching out in friendship to others different than ourselves.

Star Trek was about the human race learning to be all it could be. It was a truly noble vision of mankind’s destiny. The show had an optimistic vision that humans will keep learning and growing our understanding of the universe and the meaning of life.

Right now, the Star Trek vision looks like a pipe dream. But I also read the Star Trek books, and in those the Earth went through trying times like these we are living through now and learned from it.

If I could I would absolutely say “Beam me up Scot­ty!” I would love to be on the crew of the Enterprise! We could all use some of that can-do, optimistic spirit right now.

“Were you a Star Trek fan?” That’s The Daily Post Reader Poll question for Thursday.

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