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Actor William Shatner visits Chicago Area – NBC Chicago days after space voyage

Just days after becoming the oldest person to ever reach space, actor William Shatner stopped in Rosemont, where he was speaking at Wizard World Comic Con.

The 90-year-old Star Trek actor spoke on a 45-minute panel, greeted fans, posed for photos and, according to the organizers, gave autographs.

In a convergence of science fiction and reality, Shatner, Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, shot into space on Wednesday and reached the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Company.

The “Star Trek” hero and three fellow travelers flew in the fully automatic capsule over an estimated 106 kilometers over the desert of West Texas and then fell safely with a parachute to the desert floor in a flight lasting just over 10 minutes.

Shatner became the oldest person in space, beating the previous record – set by a passenger on a similar excursion on a Bezos spaceship in July – by eight years.

“It was so moving, it did something incredible to me,” said Shatner.

An emotional Shatner spoke to Bezos after landing on Earth and called it “the deepest experience I can imagine”.

Marveling at the fragility of the atmosphere, the actor remarked, “The air that keeps us alive is thinner than your skin. It’s negligible.” He told Bezos that “everyone has to see this”.

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