William Shatner on Prince William’s Criticism of Space Tourism: ‘Missing the Point’

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William Shatner disagrees with Prince William’s views on the space race and space tourism.

The 90-year-old “Star Trek” star took off in a Blue Origin New Shepard capsule earlier this week, becoming the oldest person to fly into space.

But Prince William believes such space tourism trips should not be a priority, saying in an interview with the BBC on Thursday that the world’s greatest minds should focus on keeping Earth a habitable planet in the future.

Referring to the prince’s comments, Shatner said: fun tonight“He’s a charming, kind, educated man, but he has the wrong idea.”

Shatner explained that space travel doesn’t necessarily mean that people are trying to find an alternative place to live. According to the Hollywood actor, flying into space is “a small step towards the idea of ​​getting the industry there”.

He pointed to the possibility of introducing space industries that provide energy to people on Earth to avoid further polluting the planet and exacerbating the climate crisis.

“We have all the technology, the rockets to send everything there… You can build a base 250, 280 miles above Earth and you can send that power here and they’ll capture it and then use it and it’s there,” he added. “All he needs is… someone as rich as Jeff Bezos. [to say]’Let’s go upstairs.'”

He continued, “The Prince misses the point. The point is, these are baby steps of showing people. [that] very practical. You could send someone like me into space.”

On Thursday, Prince William said “We need some of the world’s greatest minds and minds to be determined to fix this planet, not try to find the next place to go and live,” reads “News Broadcast on BBC Sounds.”

“We need to focus on this (planet) rather than go to space and give up to try and think about solutions for the future,” he added in an interview held before the Duke of Cambridge’s first Earthshot Award ceremony. Market.

Shatner explained that he “of course” agrees with Prince William’s argument that there are issues on Earth that need to be addressed. However, he insisted that going into space and solving these problems are not mutually exclusive.

On Wednesday, Shatner burst into tears over the 11-minute suborbital journey that crossed himself and three other crew members over the Kármán line, the internationally recognized space border.

He described the experience as “indescribable” and “overwhelming” and likened it to the magical feeling of holding a child for the first time.

“You’re holding the baby and it’s magical. It’s so overwhelming. How am I going to protect this child?” said. “You are overflowing with responsibility and need your attention. [the child] and how will you do it? It’s an overwhelming experience and I’ve had that experience.”


William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the cult classic TV series (pictured September 2017) "Star wars," He is preparing to be the first member of the iconic show to travel to the final frontier as a guest on the Blue Origin rocket.

Photo: AFP / Mark RLSTON

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