Live Long and Prosper.
One small step for old man, one giant leap for old mankind. Actually, leaping probably isn’t advisable with a trick hip and dodgy knees, so perhaps more of a gentle amble. As you may have heard, there was one more star in the sky this week as William Shatner fulfilled a lifelong dream by actually going to space rather than just pretending to. And he didn’t even have to get some bloke called Scotty to beam him up. Instead, he asked a bloke called Jeff to give him a lift, as the recently inducted nonagenarian boarded the second flight of the New Shepherd, made by Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin company. At 90-years-old, Shatner became the oldest person to ever leave the Earth’s atmosphere. Indeed, he’s so old now, that the people who this is nostalgic for are probably all in their 50s. I had to Google that Scotty reference. But spare a thought for 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, who previously became the oldest person to go to space when Bezos took her on the inaugural flight in July. That was a short-lived record. Although based on the trend that’s emerging, I imagine Shatner will be swiftly knocked of his perch too. 95-year-old Mel Brooks is probably packing his bags in anticipation right this second.Read Original Story