William Shatner was brought back to Earth on Thursday, admitting he’s been “stiff and sore” from his historic rocket trip to the edge of space.
The “Star Trek” actor told the “Today” show that before Wednesday’s Blue Origin flight, he was deluding himself into saying he was like a younger man, saying, “I don’t ‘m not 90 years old, I ride a horse “.
But “the whole physical experience of going up that gantry, of getting on that chair, of being weightless, of having 5G” turned out to be a reality check in his space flight, he said. said, adding that he was concerned that the gravitational force was too much for him.
“And all of a sudden, as I’m coming down, I’m like, ‘You know something, I’m 90!’ he admitted.
Even when the g-force was only 2G, Shatner said he “couldn’t put his hand up – and it’s not just 90,” he joked.
“At 5G, everything is just in a hurry, and you think, ‘How long can I take this? “” he said, noting that the difficult part was thankfully “over in an instant.”
Even after extensive training on simulators, “the real feeling of weightlessness is indescribable,” Shatner told the NBC show.
“You are floating. And I don’t want to turn to some somersaults, I don’t want to bowling, I want to look out the window! he said, laughing at the “incredible” experience that “overwhelmed” him.
Shatner said the trip made him realize that the Earth was “so fragile” – just like, it seems, her aging body.
“You’re in and out of those chairs using muscle – and in this case, 90-year-old muscles that aren’t used to” such activity, he said.
“I am stiff and sore and in pain,” he said.