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The dark universe is like seeing death, says the 90-year-old astronaut

via:凤凰网科技     time:2021/10/14 23:01:43     readed:57

Ifengnet Science and Technology news Beijing time on October 14 news,A 90-year-old actorWilliam & middot; William Shatner blasted into space on Wednesday aboard blue Origin's New Shepard rocket,To become the oldest astronaut. The trip gave him a new insight into life and death.Shatner played Captain Kirk in the sci-fi series Star Trek.

After an 11-minute journey into space, the Blue Origin spacecraft touched down in the Texas desert. Shatner climbed out of the ship, excited,Immediately partnered with Blue Origin founder Jeff & Middot; Jeff Bezos shared his feelings.


Shatner was emotional

"You gave me the most profound experience. I'm so emotional about what I just went through. It's an experience like no other, "Shatner said through tears." I wish I could stay in that moment forever and keep this feeling and not want to lose it."

"It's bigger than me and life, and I'm not talking about little green men... But the evilness, the speed, the suddenness of life and death."

Shatner said he was struck by the thin blue line in earth's atmosphere.At one point he covered his face with his hands and wiped away tears. "Look at that beautiful color, it's so fine. "All of a sudden, you're crossing it," he said. "All of a sudden, you're crossing the blue line and entering the darkness."

"You stare into the darkness, the black ugliness. When you look down, you see blue on the bottom and darkness on the top. There is mother Earth and comfort. Is that death? I don't know. Is it death? Is that what death is all about? It was such an emotional experience."


Shatner hugs Bezos

Many astronauts who have seen Earth from space have described a sense of awe, of solidarity with other humans and an awareness of the planet's fragility. Experts call this feeling the "overview effect."

"I don't know where to start -- I want to convey as much danger as possible, that moment when you see the fragility of everything. It's too small. The air that sustains us is thinner than your skin. That's a thin sheet. In the vastness of the universe, it is immeasurably small. Such air is negligible. Mars doesn't have that kind of air, "he said." It's just too thin."

Mr. Bezos interjected that the ship sped through the atmosphere, "and then you're in the dark."

"In death! Shatner replied, "Life here, death there. In that instant, you feel 'oh, this is death'. That's what I see."

"Everyone on the planet should experience it once," Shatner says. "Everyone needs to see it." (Author/Xiao Yu)

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