As I’m sure most of you know, William Shatner has been to space. He was, after all, in space. Now that he’s back on Earth, he’s more well-known than ever. So it makes sense that he might be worth a lot more money than he used to be. But, as you can imagine, this has led to a lot of questions about how much Shatner really paid to go to space. So, let’s just get this over with, shall we?
How much did it cost for William Shatner to go into space?
William Shatner, who is best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the first Star Trek TV series and movies, has been on a serious mission to get into space. Shatner is a man with a lot of ambition. He has been an actor, writer, director, and producer in the past. He also seems to have a lot of money. So it makes sense that he would be willing to pay a lot to go to space.
But it looks like he didn’t pay anything for the ticket. On the list of guests for the trip were Mr. Shatner and Audrey Powers, who is the vice president of mission and flight operations at Blue Origin.
Blue Origin says that two other people on the trip—Glen de Vries, who helped start the software company Medidata Solutions, and Chris Boshuizen, who helped start the Earth data company Planet Labs Inc.—paid for their tickets. But the company hasn’t said how much it costs, and the men wouldn’t say how much the trip cost them.
Is this just a big deal to get people interested in going to space?
Some people have asked if this is more of a publicity stunt to get people interested in space travel. Well, if you were going to do something like this, William Shatner would be the best person to do it with.
Mr. Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original “Star Trek” series, and three other people were launched by Blue Origin. This made the flight a big deal in the news and on social media. There was a lot of coverage of the event in the news, and the company streamed it live. Joseph Czabovsky told the Wall Street Journal that having Mr. Shatner on board helps bring attention to the flight.
William Shatner told Jeff Bezos after the landing, “Everyone in the world needs to do this.” In short, it seems like Shatner is trying to get people to understand how important it is for people to go into space. Captain Kirk, at last, is a man who does things.
After its capsule landed, Blue Origin said it was planning one more flight with people this year and several trips for 2022. Reports say that Jeff Bezos wants to charge between $200,000 and $300,000 for rides into space. We think, though, that most people would be more interested in space travel if it didn’t cost so much.
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