Actor William Shatner Makes It To Space With Blue Origin

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    Scotty kept the engines running perfectly, it seems.
     
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    Must be the oldest guy in space. Good to know if I ever reach 90 and need to be up there when space flight is more mainstream.
     
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    He was very emotional upon landing and I think he realised how vulnerable the earth actually is as he could physically see it and compare it to the vastness of nothingness.

    Sadly, Branson and Bezos has made a mockery of the word "astronaut" as to me and many others, the word means someone who has trained and done something significant in space. being a passenger doesn't make anyone an astronaut, but more of an astrotourist to be more accurate.
     
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    The spacecraft has smart windows that transform the flat earth in a way that appears round to everyone onboard.
     
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    Well by definition, you'd be correct that training is part of being an astronaut, though I guess the real question is: how much training does it take to become an astronaut. I figure some training is necessary, even for someone like Shatner. Space travel isn't as complicated for the passengers as it used to be, since the computers do all the hard work.
    I think where we agree is the term "astronaut" is being thrown around too loosely. So, I would argue that if you're not actually doing work while traveling in space (and by space I mean at least above the Karman Line), then you're just an astrotourist. You're not a sailor just because you're a passenger on a boat. You're not a racer just because you're a passenger in a sports car on a track. You're not an astronaut just because you've been to space.
     
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    Circle the Earth a few times in space then I might be impressed. Straight up and then down is not space travel. [​IMG]
     
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    Agree. It used to be everyone in the rocket was an astronaut so we tend to think about it like that. We are at the point the distinction should be made because some people are just passengers now that space travel has been commercialized.
     
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    dont need training to sit on a fairground ride do you, he sat in a seat, went up, came back down. what training does he need?
     
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    They need some training to handle the G forces. Probably in a centrifuge, as well as fitness training.
     
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    Has has got the whole Starfleet capital ship captain training. It has to count for something.
     
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    Shatners endeavours raise a question with me.
    It does make you wonder what all that train the astronauts marine style to death was all about in the 60/70's. Maybe it was just machoism. WhooRahhh.
    Cannot wait for the interviews. Oh? and billy who's shirts do yo wear!
     
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    I thought I heard that the FAA or whatever space equivalent has already redefined what it takes to be called an astronaut after the whole Branson/Bezos flights. They are knew it was bullshit to be called one for simply being a rich passenger. I'd say you have to do at least one full orbit of the Earth to be called one, not just a short up/down or high altitude flight (even if above karmon line). The "inspiration 4" crew i would now class as astronauts (3 days orbiting at much higher altitude than even the ISS)
     
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    Shatner would never be able to go to space on his own. He was escorted by trained astronauts who know how to handle operations, equipment and emergency situations. Even learning orbital mechanics is difficult, but it's not needed if you're just a passenger.

    Hell, even learning how to take a crap in space seems complicated...
     
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    Is it true only 99 people have ever been to space? These were 96 97 98 99 which is crazy really. Shame William Shatner couldn't be number 90...
     
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    to boldly go where n other enterprise member has gone

    atlest as far as i know he the only enterprise and or star trek crew has went
     

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