As the 60-foot tall rocket thundered the launch site one in Texas, four passengers strapped in the capsule waited with bated breath for the first glimpse of the big blue marble. Onboard was a man who had lived this moment hundreds of times, over four decades, but only on the big screen. This afternoon, William Shatner helped Captain Kirk conquer the final frontier - Space.
"That was unlike anything they had described, unlike anything I had ever seen," Shatner was heard saying on his way back.
The mission marked the second successful crewed launch and landing for billionaire Jeff Bezos-led company, which is fighting hard to get a share of the emerging space transportation sector, largely dominated by SpaceX and his falcon-9 rockets. The system previously launched and landed Jeff Bezos in a picture-perfect mission in July alongside three others in its maiden flight.