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Hollywood star William Shatner recently revealed whether he plans to return to space after traveling there on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spacecraft in 2021, suggesting the trip was likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The 92-year-old actor compared the prospect to “revisiting a love affair” and said maybe it would be best to “let it alone,” Fox News reported.
“No, I probably would not want to go back,” Shatner said. “What I experienced was not so much the flight into space but my observation. Everybody knows we live on a small rock, and that up to 12,500 feet, oxygen is there.”
“And after that, as you go higher, you get into a dead zone,” he added. “So there’s the Karman line is 50 miles up. Oxygen is two miles up. We live on a small rock. I saw the beginning of the curvature of the Earth.”
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“If I followed through, I could make a circle of this rock we live on,” Shatner continued. “We are so negligible. We are so nothing. We are this small rock and this negligible solar system which is beside a mediocre star in a galaxy that is barely larger. We’re nothing. We are nothing and that’s what I saw. And what else I saw was the tragedy of the extinction of life.”
Shatner, best known for his legendary role as Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, is reportedly heading back to the small screen where he will lead a new reality competition series on Fox titled “Stars on Mars.” The series will take celebrities out of their cushy lifestyles and show them residing in close quarters in a Mars colony simulation.
Contestants reportedly include cycling champion Lance Armstrong, “Vanderpump Rules” star Tom Schwartz, and professional wrestler and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.
“Stars on Mars” debuts on Fox on June 5.