William Shatner Was Right About Space and Heartbreak: Astronauts of Blue Origin

  • The Blue Origin astronauts agreed with William Shatner’s feelings of grief after flying into space.
  • The Star Trek actor said his Blue Origin spaceflight felt like a funeral and all he saw was sadness.
  • Sharon and Marc Hagle said they also felt intense emotions during and after the flight.

Two astronauts who flew with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin echoed William Shatner’s thoughts on how space travel can trigger feelings of grief and sadness.

The ‘Star Trek’ actor wrote in his new book“Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder,” which was released this month, which his spaceflight with Blue Origin in October 2021 “looked like a funeral” and all he saw was sadness.

This isn’t the first time Shatner has expressed the emotions he felt during the trip. After landing on the ground, he said to Bezos he hoped never to recover from the experience, and previously told CNN he couldn’t stop crying after the spaceflight.

In keeping with the 91-year-old actor are Sharon and Marc Haglethe first married couple to fly into space in a commercial vehicle.

The Hagles, both 73, were two of six passengers on Blue Origin’s 20th voyage at the edge of space on March 31. They plan to set off again soon with Bezos’ rocket company.

Sharon, CEO of nonprofit SpaceKids Global, and her husband Marc, CEO of real estate development firm Tricor International, told Insider how emotional they were during their first spaceflight.

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Sharon and Marc Hagle at Blue Origin’s facilities in Texas.

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“The blackness of space was very opaque. You couldn’t see through it. There was no reflection, no stars, nothing,” said Sharon, who said she was bonded to the Shatner’s experience. “To me, it was like you were on one side of a wall, which was light, and you couldn’t walk through that darkness unless you got past it.”

Shatner wrote in his book that space was a “cold, dark, black void” and that its contrast to Earth filled it with “overwhelming sadness”.

What the Hagles and Shatner experienced can be called the “big picture effect” — a cognitive shift astronauts can experience when looking at Earth from space.

After the capsule returned to Earth, the Blue Origin team were not allowed to open the hatch door until the astronauts inside gave them a thumbs up as they needed to assemble. before coming out in front of the media, Sharon said.

“We really think once you think about it, I think it has a huge impact on you and your soul that when you come back to Earth, you have a responsibility to make the world a better place,” Marc said. .

Everyone has their own take-home and emotional experiences based on their life on Earth, Marc added: “Even now we’re tearing ourselves apart.”

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Sharon and Marc Hagle come out of the Blue Origin capsule.

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Sharon said it took months to process what they saw from the capsule window. Three days after the launch with Blue Origin, the couple went to see a rocket launch together. “Marc and I just looked at each other and burst into tears,” Sharon told Insider.

For their second Blue Origin flight, the date of which is yet to be confirmed, the Hagles plan to look out the same window and signal things to each other when they reach zero gravity.

“What we’ve learned is that you get so excited about what’s going on and what you’re watching that the human brain just can’t absorb it all,” Marc said.


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