"I saw only death": William Shatner was traumatized by his trip to space


Former star actor of Star Trek, actor William Shatner went into space aboard a Blue Origin capsule for a few minutes. A year after this experience, he gave himself up, and the experience was terribly sad for him.

Captain Kirk has flown back and forth in space. The trip made the news at the end of 2021: the famous actor of the Star Trek science fiction franchise, William Shatner, then boarded a Blue Origin capsule (Jeff Bezos’ company). A year later, he confides in his work Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder. Variety magazine published an excerpt in early October.

But what you imagine on his testimony probably does not correspond to what he says: ” Everything I imagined was wrong. Everything I thought I saw was wrong “, he admits himself.

William Shatner in the capsule of Blue Origin.  // Source: Blue Origin
William Shatner in the capsule of Blue Origin. // Source: Blue Origin

“Overwhelming sadness”

Turning to deep space, William Shatner describes a ” cold, dark and black void “. In total contrast to our planet. ” It was different from the black you can perceive on Earth. It was deep, enveloping, encompassing “, he explains. ” I turned to the glow of our hearth. I could make out the curvature of the Earth, the beige of the desert, the white of the clouds and the blue of the sky. It was life. Nourishing, sustaining, life. Mother Earth. Gaya. And I left her. This is what brings him to this terrible conclusion when looking at space: I only saw death. »

He thought, obviously, to experience the opposite feeling. He imagined that seeing Earth from space would give him a sort of ultimate catharsis highlighting the connection between all living beings. It was quite the reverse. ” It was one of the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the dangerous cold of space and the warm cocoon of Earth filled me with overwhelming sadness. »

William Shatner and the other travelers in the Blue Origin capsule.  // Source: Blue Origin
William Shatner and the other travelers in the Blue Origin capsule. // Source: Blue Origin

He then thinks of all the ecological disasters that affect the planet: the extinction of many species, threats to fauna and flora, all because of human activities. ” It filled me with dread. My space trip was meant to be a celebration; instead it looked like a funeral “says William Shatner.

The emotion described by the actor is well known and has already touched several astronauts: the feeling of being overhanging or overview effect. After seeing the planet from afar, from space, it appears to be a fragile and rare pale blue dot. This then increases the ecological look.

Look at the world from space


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