He has boldly gone wherever fewer radical person gone before, and William Shatner apt volition not spell back.
After earning a once-in-a-lifetime summons connected Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin spacecraft successful 2021, Shatner returned to Earth consumed with feelings of "grief."
He compared going backmost connected a galactic travel to "revisiting a emotion affair" and told Fox News Digital successful an exclusive interrogation that helium should astir apt "let it alone."
Shatner's heavy transportation to abstraction exploration began much than 50 years agone erstwhile helium starred arsenic Captain James T. Kirk connected the legendary tv series, "Star Trek."
His celestial affinity whitethorn beryllium written successful the stars present that helium has plans to enactment grounded for the foreseeable future, but Shatner volition not enactment distant from interplanetary play for excessively agelong arsenic the big of the caller FOX unscripted series, "Stars connected Mars."
William Shatner hosts caller FOX contention series, "Stars connected Mars." (Michael Becker/ FOX)
In 2021, Shatner made past erstwhile helium became the oldest surviving idiosyncratic to question into abstraction during an 11-minute trek aboard the New Shepard spacecraft. He was 90 years old.
"What I experienced was not truthful overmuch the flight into space, but my observation," helium recalled. "Everybody knows we unrecorded connected a tiny stone and that up to 12,500 feet oxygen is there. And aft that, arsenic you spell higher, you get into a dormant zone. So there's the Karman enactment is 50 miles up. Oxygen is 2 miles up. We unrecorded connected a tiny rock. I saw the opening of the curvature of the Earth."
"If I followed through, I could marque a ellipse of this stone we unrecorded on. We are truthful negligible. We are truthful nothing. We are this tiny stone and this negligible star strategy which is beside a mediocre prima successful a postulation that is hardly larger."
He added, "We're nothing. We are nothing, and that's what I saw. And what other I saw was the calamity of the extinction of life."
William Shatner was invited by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to alert to abstraction connected Oct. 13, 2021. (Mario Tama)
Amazon laminitis Jeff Bezos talks with William Shatner aft Blue Origin's formation to space. (Photo by Blue Origin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The "T.J. Hooker" star was flooded with emotion upon landing. He explained that his tearful effect to safely making it backmost to onshore was purely retired of "grief" for the planet.
"We're nothing. We are nothing, and that's what I saw. And what other I saw was the calamity of the extinction of life."— William Shatner
"The taxable of ecology has funny maine each my life," helium said. "I cognize a small spot much astir it than astir people, and I'm successful heavy grief for what's happening to the Earth, and it was exacerbated by being up successful space."
He was adjacent little optimistic astir the thought of humans colonizing Mars. With six-month minimum travel clip to the planet and different six months circling backmost down to Earth, Shatner could not ideate however a unit could past hard conditions.
"You don't cognize what's flying astir up there, and immoderate 1 of those things would penetrate and beryllium your destruction," helium said. "I don't cognize however it's possible."
William Shatner had a wide-range of emotions pursuing his trek into space. (Mario Tama)
He besides ne'er had an inkling astir the lasting content "Star Trek" would person connected the satellite oregon however his vocation would stay astatine formation forever.
When asked for insights connected his secrets to his success, Shatner said, "Well you know, I jocularly answered endowment but really, it's luck. It's the luck of being healthy. I deliberation that's the archetypal thing."
He added, "I've never, you know, I've had things happen, but thing debilitating implicit a play of time. So having the beingness unit wrong maine is astir apt mostly what it's each about."
Leonard Nimoy, left, starred arsenic Mr. Spock and William Shatner portrayed Captain James T. Kirk connected "Star Trek." ( Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Athletes, celebrities, artists and entertainers vie successful a galactic ngo connected FOX's "Stars connected Mars." (Brook Rushton/FOX)
Shatner's gearing up for different starring relation arsenic the host, oregon Mission Control, of FOX's personage contention show, "Stars connected Mars."
"I've never, you know, I've had things happen, but thing debilitating implicit a play of time. So having the beingness unit wrong maine is astir apt mostly what it's each about."— William Shatner
The out-of-this-world world bid launches 12 fearless celebrities to the reddish satellite arsenic unit members competing to conquer "Mars" until 1 abstraction invader is crowned the "brightest prima successful the galaxy."
"Vanderpump Rules" star Tom Schwartz, erstwhile nonrecreational cyclist Lance Armstrong, UFC champion Ronda Rousey, NFL subordinate Richad Sherman, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" prima Porsha Williams Guobadia and erstwhile Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch volition vie to triumph the coveted astronaut suit.
Former "Modern Family" histrion Ariel Winter, comedian Natasha Leggero, "Superbad" histrion Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Olympic fig skater Adam Rippon, vocalist Tinashe and Bruce Willis' girl Tallulah Willis are besides vying for the apical prize.
While helium admitted the celebrities would not beryllium capable to past successful space, Shatner was impressed with the group's determination to effort thing new.
"You tin expect large entertainment. It's truly fun," helium said. "It's lighthearted. It's personable. People you volition admit are connected it. They got eliminated for 1 crushed oregon another, and a large enslaved forms betwixt each the people."
He added, "There's sincere emotion arsenic radical leave. There's a sincerity astir them going, and determination is simply a generosity of tone that cipher would person thought of towards the end."
Tom Schwartz stepped distant from his responsibilities arsenic a barroom proprietor connected "Vanderpump Rules" to vie connected "Stars connected Mars." (Brook Rushton/FOX)
Former "Modern Family" histrion Ariel Winter braced for the chartless successful her travel done space. (Brook Rushton/FOX)
Speaking of generosity, Shatner could not assistance but connection up condolences toward his erstwhile co-star, George Takei, successful their long-running feud against each other.
Along with Nichelle Nichols and Leonard Nimoy, Takei and Shatner starred connected the archetypal TV bid from 1966-69. They besides some appeared successful respective franchise films.
Takei, who played Sulu connected "Star Trek," and Shatner person been publically battling backmost and distant for decades. George precocious claimed helium experienced "zero gravity" longer than Shatner.
"Poor George is eaten up with jealousy for 60 years," Shatner said. "I consciousness atrocious for him."
Tracy Wright is an amusement writer for Fox News Digital. Send communicative tips to email@example.com.