Watch: William Shatner Goes Into Space On Blue Origin Flight

>> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. >> AND HERE’S SAVANNAH EVERYBODY. GOOD MORNING. AND IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, WE WILL WITNESS THE HISTORIC EVENT IN THIS NEW ERA OF COMMERCIAL SPACE TRAVEL. LET’S GO TO VAN HORN, TEXAS, WHERE WILLIAM SHATNER’S CAPTAIN KIRK HIMSELF IS AMONG THOSE BOLDLY GOING WHERE FEW HAVE GONE BEFORE HE IS HEADED TO SPACE ABOARD A ROCKET OWNED BY SO SAYS COMPANY BLUE ORIGIN AND 90 YEAR-OLD ACTOR WILL MAKE HISTORY AS THE OLDEST PERSON TO EVER FLY IN SPACE FOR ABOUT 3 AND A HALF MINUTES FROM WATCH RIGHT NOW. HE’S PART OF A 4 PERSON CREW THAT LOADED INTO THE CAPSULE JUST A FEW MONTHS MOMENTS AGO READY TO BLAST OFF FROM THIS LAUNCH SITE IN WEST TEXAS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS. THERE’S BEEN SOME HOMES THIS MORNING. SO THEY’RE A BIT DELAYED ABOUT 45 MINUTES DELAYED FOR ABOUT TO WATCH IT HAPPEN. AND I WANT TO BRING IN TOM COSTELLO COVER SPACE IN AVIATION FOR US. AND TOM, GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT THESE ASTRONAUTS CAN EXPECT TODAY. >> WELL, THE WITHIN 2 MINUTES OF LOT. SO 2 TO 3 MINUTES. ONCE THEY’RE OFF. THE ACTUALLY OFF THE TOWER. THEY’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO HAVE SEPARATION FROM THE ROCKET. THE CAPSULE WILL BE SEPARATED FROM THE BOOSTER ROCKET. THE SPACESHIP WILL CONTINUE ON TOWARDS ITS APOGEE HITTING A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 62 MILES OFF OVER THAT KARMAN LINE. THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR SPACE AND THAT’S WHEN THEY WILL GET THAT 3 TO 4 MINUTES OF WEIGHTLESSNESS. AND THAT’S ABOUT IT. RIGHT. 3 TO 4 MINUTES OF WEIGHTLESSNESS BEFORE THE CAPSULE STARTS COMING BACK DOWN AGAIN. DESCENDING UNDER PARACHUTES BACK DOWN TO EARTH. SO THE TOTAL TRIP HERE IS 11 MINUTES. IT’S VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY DID IN JULY ON THE FIRST MISSION. BUT THIS ONE HAS CAPTAIN KIRK AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. 90 YEARS OLD AND HE TELLS ME HE’S NERVOUS ABOUT THIS. I SAID WAIT A MINUTE, YOU BATTLED ALONG THE LINES INCLUDING ON SUNDAY SAID, YEAH, BUT THIS IS REAL LIFE AND HE IS NERVOUS, BUT HE’S EXCITED TIME. WE ARE IN IRL IN REAL LIFE AND THIS IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. WE’RE JUST A FEW MOMENTS. >> FROM THAT’S THE LAUNCH PAD KNOW THIS IS A CAPSULE. WE’RE STARTING TO SEE SOME MOVEMENT HERE. THAT WILL BE RELEASED FROM A BOOSTER ROCKET. THE BOOSTER ROCKET WILL THEN LAND BACK TO EARTH WHILE THE CAPSULE, AS YOU MENTIONED, IS CATAPULTED PAST THE KARMAN LINE. YOU REMEMBER THAT. THAT IS THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PLACE WHERE SPACE BEGINS AND THEY WILL FEEL THAT 0 GRAVITY AND WHAT A RIDE DOWN AS WELL BECAUSE THEN THEY’RE GOING TO FEEL 5 TIMES FEEL OF GRAVITY. >> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. AND THE ENTIRE TRIP. I MEAN, I THINK WE AND WE SHOULD. UNDERSCORE COMES RIGHT BACK DOWN HERE IT TO THE SAME PLACE WHERE THEY LEFT OFF FROM. THERE’S A LANDING ZONE, NOT FAR AWAY JUST AS THAT SPACE SHIP IS HITTING THE GROUND RETRO ROCKETS FIRE TO GIVE IT A VERY GENTLE SETTLING DOWN INTO THE DESERT SAND HERE IN WEST TEXAS. THEY HAVE BEEN PRACTICING DOZENS OF TIMES OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. GETTING IN AND OUT OF THOSE SEATS. SO THEY DON’T GET STOCK UNABLE TO GET BACK IN THE SEATS WHEN THEY DESCEND AGAIN. BUT WHAT’S SO CRITICAL IS ENJOYING THOSE 3 TO 4 MINUTES OF WEIGHTLESSNESS THAT THEY’RE PROMISED WE’RE ABOUT A MINUTE AWAY FROM LAUNCH OUT T -1 MINUTE I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO SAY THAT TIME. BUT. >> JUST SO PEOPLE ARE CLEAR. THE ASTRONAUTS ABOARD THIS MISSION ARE NOT FLYING THIS AIRCRAFT ITS REMOTE CONTROLLED IN ESSENCE. >> ALL CONTROLLED FROM THE GROUND AND ON BOARD. YOU DON’T HAVE ANY PROFESSIONAL ASTRONAUTS. ALL THEY WILL BE ASTRONAUTS UNTIL THEY GO INTO SPACE AND JUST A FEW MINUTES. >> 30 SECONDS TO GO HERE. I WANT TO BRING IN MY CLASS AND YOU KNOW, WITH THE FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT LIKE MANY HOURS IN SPACE JUST WHAT THESE FOLKS MIGHT BE FEELING IN THIS MOMENT IS THAT THERE PROBABLY STARTING TO FEEL A LITTLE RUMBLE BENEATH THAT MIKE. >> I SAVANNAH. THANKS FOR HAVING YEAH, I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF ANTICIPATION PROBABLY THINKING ABOUT THINGS LIKE HOW THEY GOT THERE EACH ONE 2ND DIFFERENT PATH TO GET THERE REMEMBERING THOSE THINGS AND REALIZING THAT ♪♪♪♪>> SHE IS ON HER SPACE WITH A HUMAN SPACE ♪♪SPACE. ♪♪>> TOM, WE EXPECT THIS TRAJECTORY THE BOOSTER AND CAPSULE TO LAST ABOUT 3 MINUTES OR SO TO THE BASE OF THE SCREEN AS WELL. YEAH, ACTUALLY ADDED 2 MINUTES. THEY HAVE SEPARATION BETWEEN THE BOOSTER AND CAPSULE ASK YOU THIS IS WHEN WE MET THE AERODYNAMIC STRESSES ON THE VEHICLE WERE AT THEIR MAXIMUM. >> LET’S MAKE THE POINT IF WE CAN, SAVANNAH, WE’RE LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF BLUE ORIGIN MISSION CONTROL. THIS IS NOT NASA. THIS IS A PRIVATE COMPANIES VOICE OF MISSION CONTROL BUDDY FOR JOY AND WE WE ARE VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON THEIR VOICE AND THEIR KNOWLEDGE AS TO WHAT’S GOING >> THE FOLKS ABOARD THAT CAPSULE HAVE BEEN TRAPPED FOR ALL THE BOMBS, ALL THE FEELINGS, ALL OF THAT NOISE IS THAT THEY MAY BE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW. THAT WAS PART OF THEIR SAFETY TRAINING RIGHT. TOM, THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY FOR JOINING US LIVE. SECOND HUMAN FLIGHT WITH AUDREY AGAIN, YOU’RE REALLY YOU’RE LISTENING TO THE CUSTOMER LEFT A THERE’S AN ONBOARD. THEY ARE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO SPACE. SO FAR A NOMINAL FLIGHT, A CLEAN BURN ON OUR BLUE ENGINE 3. YOU SHOP OR GIVING THEM A BEAUTIFUL FLIGHT TO SPACE THIS MORNING. >> NOMINAL SAID NASA TERMINOLOGY, MEANING IT’S ALL GOING GREAT. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. SO THEY HAVE BEEN PRACTICING THIS DOZENS OF TIMES FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS OVER AND OVER AND OVER >> AND LISTEN, ARE, YOU KNOW, AT THE AGE OF 90 IT’S NOT NECESSARILY EASY TO GET IN AND OUT OF THAT SEAT. THAT’S WHAT CHEDDAR HAS BEEN WORKING WE’VE HAD MAIN ENGINE CUT OFF THE BET. 3 ENGINE HAS SHUT OFF. AND IN JUST A MOMENT, WE’RE GOING TO SEPARATE THE CAPSULE FROM THE BOOSTER. AND AT THAT POINT OUR ASTRONAUTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY. >> TO GET OUT OF THE HARNESSES AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIES OF 0 G WAY TO LISTEN. ♪♪♪AND THERE YOU CAN SEE A CLEAN SEPARATION BETWEEN THE CAPSULE AND THE BOOSTER. ♪IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SHOT. >> NOW, SAVANNAH, WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY MUCH JUST DEPENDED ON LISTENING TO OPEN MICROPHONES INSIDE THE SPACE YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE IN JULY WITH A BOOSTER. 0 G. >> TOM, DO EXPECT TO NICE AND OVER THE KARMAN SIGNAL FROM YOU KNOW, THE VALUE TO HIT 0. I’M SORRY. I’M SORRY. SAVANNAH DID NOT CATCH A QUESTION MY POLICIES, IS TALKED ABOUT TO OPEN MIKES. WE MIGHT HEAR SOME FROM INSIDE THE CAPSULE. WOULD YOU EXPECT TO SEE ANY IMAGES OR IS THAT SOMETHING WILL SEE LATER OUR CREW CAPSULE. >> I IF IT’S IF WE FOLLOW THE SAME SCRIPT AS IN JULY. THEY PROVIDE MOST OF THOSE IMAGES AFTER THEIR BACK DOWN ON EARTH. SO I THINK WE CAN BANK ON HOPEFULLY OUR IS A LIVE AUDIO FEED OF JOIN 0 G AND THEM ONCE THEY ARE BACK DOWN ON EARTH. WE SHOULD SEE THOSE IMAGES RELEASED. >> THE CAPSULE IS GOING ABOUT 60 HAVING TO THAT VERY STUART, I WAS GOING TO SAY WHEN YOU’RE WRITING IT FAST ROCKET, YOU GET THERE. QUICK. >> AT ABOUT 350. I MEAN, LITERALLY IT’S AN 11 MINUTE TRIP, RIGHT. SO THERE. ALMOST HALFWAY THROUGH THE TRIP ALREADY. JACKIE, THEY’RE HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES. >> SO WE’RE GETTING THE NARRATION FROM THE BLUE OFFICIALS TELLING US WHAT SHE MUST BE SEEING OR HEARING IN TERMS OF THE CREW. NOW EXPERIENCING 0 G THAT KIND OF ICONIC MOMENT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE DREAM OF EACH AND THEY’LL GET TO EXPERIENCE THAT FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES. AND IN THE MEANTIME, TIME THAT IT’S IT’S FASCINATING IN SUCH A FEAT OF TECHNOLOGY THAT BOOSTER ROCKET THAT CARRIED THEM TO THIS PLACE WILL BE LANDING ALMOST A PINPOINT LANDING SO IT CAN BE REUSED AGAIN. >> THAT’S EXACTLY THE IN THE SAME TECHNOLOGY IN IN SOME WAY. THE SAME IDEA THAT SPACE X USES ELON MUSK USES TO MAKE SPACE X BECOME A YOU KNOW, ALTERNATIVE TO ESSENTIALLY LOSING THINK YOU CAN BE SURE IRAQ AND USE METAXAS SO IT WILL COME RIGHT BACK DOWN AND LAND RIGHT BACK DOWN HERE ON EARTH. YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD ALSO MAKE THE POINT, SAVANNAH CITING THAT THIS IS NOW THE 18TH IN COMMISSION SAID THE 18TH MISSIONS FOR NOT WAIT TO HEAR HIS COMMENTS. ALAN. SHEPARD, NEW SHEPARD, I SHOULD SAY THE NEW SHEPARD ROCKET NAMED AFTER ALAN SHEPARD FROM AUSTRALIA THE LAST ONE AND HAD HUMANS ON AT THIS ONE AS HUMANS ON ALL THE OTHERS WERE TEST FLIGHTS LENS OF THREES AND OUR VERY OWN AUDREY POWERS. >> ABOUT THEM. ALSO AN ASTRONAUT WHO SPENT HUNDREDS OF HOURS IN SPACE AND I THINK YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW THAT COULD DESCRIBE HOW THEY MIGHT BE FEELING RIGHT NOW. EXPERIENCING 0 GRAVITY FOR THE FIRST TIME. GOING TO OF AN SAY HI, MIKE MASSIMINO HIGH ME. IF YOU’RE UP THERE 0 G THER THERE. PROBABLY I HAVE THIS CASE THERE KID IN THE CANDY STORE IT’S FIRST TIME YOU GET TO EXPERIENCE. IT IS. IT’S A REAL YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FLOAT UP TO THE TOP OF THE CAPITOL WHERE YOU ARE. >> I MEAN, JUST A THRILL TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS MIGHT GO BACK AND YOU NEVER GET TO DO IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIVES NEAR AND ONE BRING YOU IN HERE. YOU CAN SAY I’M BACK TO YOUR COLLEAGUE, JOAN, BUT ALSO WHAT IS THE VIEW LIKE. THIS IS A SUB OR BUT ALL. >> THE TRIP TO SPACE. SO THEY’RE NOT IN SPACE OR BUT WHAT MIGHT THEY BE SAYING OUT THAT WINDOW. >> THE FIRST TIME. I JOIN GREAT TO SEE YEAH. THEY’RE SEEING SOME THINGS. YOU CAN KIND OF AN IDEA OF WHERE THE SHOTS WERE SAYING. ONE COOL THING IS THE SKY GO DARK ON, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH IT’S YOU KNOW, THE SUN’S OUT WHEN YOU GET ABOVE THE ATMOSPHERE, YOUR NEW LOOK AT THE STARS AND AROUND YOU AND YOU SEE BLACK SKY LOOKING BACK THE MONEY OR THE OTHER. NOT REALLY THAT HIGH RELATIVE TO WHERE THE SPACE STATION. AS, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE, 60 MILES UP AS TIME EXPLAINED. YOU CAN SEE SOME DETAIL, BUT YOU ALSO CAN SEE I THINK FROM WHERE THEY ARE. SOME, YOU KNOW, THE HORIZON. >> THE MUCH DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND THEY NEED GET ON EVEN AN AIRPLANE. SO IT’S IT’S REALLY MORE INSPIRING MOMENT. STRAPPED CLOSE TO THE WINDOW AND THE SPACESHIP WAS MEANT FOR VIEWING THERE WITH BIG WINDOWS. >> AND LOOKING DOWN AT OUR HOME. IT REALLY CAN BE A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE. I THINK IT WILL BE FOR EACH OF MEANWHILE, BACK HERE ON EARTH TIME. ME IF I’M WRONG, WE JUST WITNESS THE RETURN TO EARTH OF THAT BOOSTER CAPSULE ABOUT 2 MILES FROM WHERE IT EMBARKED A FEW MINUTES AGO. A NAIL THE LANDING RIGHT ON THE MONEY. WE HAD A SONIC BOOM HERE ON THE GROUND. AND THIS IS JUST AMAZING TECHNOLOGY THAT THEY’RE ABLE TO BRING THAT ROCKET BOOSTER RIGHT BACK DOWN AND NAIL IT RIGHT HERE IN THE WEST TEXAS DESERT SO THAT IS WHAT’S MAKING THIS ECONOMICAL FOR COMPANIES LIKE BLUE ORIGIN, LIKE SPACE X. >> TO BE TAKING PEOPLE AND 2 BACK TO ANSWERING THE SPACE AND BACK TO EARTH. AND I’M WATCHING NOW THE FEED OF THE SPACE CAPSULE. NOW DESCENDING AS WELL. THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF A LAG TIME BEFORE IT HITS ALL THE AIR. BUT WE ARE SEEING NOW THE SPACE CAPSULE UNDERNEATH PARACHUTES INTO IS NOW STARTING TO DESCEND DOWN TO EARTH. SO ALL OF THIS APPEARS TO HAVE GONE ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY SO FAR AS THE FEE WILL VERY QUICKLY NOW SWITCH OVER TO THE SPACESHIP. HEAR THAT. SO HERE’S THE CAPSULE. OUR ASTRONAUTS ARE ABOARD. WE CAN CALL THE ASTRONAUTS NOW BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN TO SPACE AND THIS ISN’T DESCRIBE IT AS A HIGH-SPEED PLUNGE FACTOR AT LEAST BEFORE THE PARACHUTES ARE DEPLOYED. >> AND YOUR BODY HAS TO BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND 5 G 5 TIMES THE FORCE OF WHAT WILL TURN TO OUR ASTRONAUTS FOR THIS. MIKE START WITH YOU. WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE. I MEAN, THAT’S GOT TO BE PRETTY TOUGH ON THE BODY. SOME PEOPLE ARE. CAN GET TUNNEL VISION. SOME PEOPLE PASS WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT. >> THINK THEY’LL BE FINE THE WAY THAT THE SPACECRAFT IS DESIGNED THEIR HAVE THE SEAT YOU RECOVER. NEW LAYING DOWN BREVARD ANY G FORCES YOU TAKING GOING TO TAKE THOSE IN THE CHEST. THAT’S WHY IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO STRIKE BACK AND INTO THE SEA WE TALKED ABOUT GETTING OUT AND GETTING BACK AND YOU WANT TO BE BACK IN YOUR SEAT AND LYING AT SEA TO PROTECT YOU FROM THOSE BE A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE. I FELT LIKE HE TOOK UP THE 3 G’S ON LARGE, FOR EXAMPLE, I FELT LIKE THERE’S NO STREET TIME TO BODY WEIGHT. I THOUGHT THERE WERE 3 BIG DUDE SAID AN ARMY THAT’S WHAT KIND OF FELT LIKE AND IT SUBSIDES. BUT IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN WAITING LIST FOR A LITTLE BIT. AND SO WHATEVER, GEEZ THEY TAKE ON THE WAY DOWN EVEN BE AMPLIFIED BECAUSE EMPTY AFLOAT FOR A LITTLE BIT USE A 0 GRAVITY, EVEN A LITTLE BIT. EDGY FEELS LIKE A LOT. YOU SEE THERE ABOUT. I WOULD SAY ABOUT 90 SECONDS OR SO FROM MAKING THAT LANDING. JOAN. >> WHAT DO YOU IMAGINE IS GOING THROUGH THEIR MINDS RIGHT NOW. I MEAN THAT WITH A VERY QUICK TRIP. >> IT WAS AN EXTREMELY TRIP QUIPPED QUICK SHOULD. BUT I STILL KNOW THAT THEIR COUNTRY AND THEM OR WHAT THEY GOT TO DO AND THEY’RE STILL FEELING THAT HIGH FROM BEING ABLE TO LOOK AT OUR FUTURE FOR FROM A DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINT. SELF EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE GOING TO BE TAKEN ON A WHOLE BUNCH OF RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, THERE MIGHT STILL OF WHAT JUST EXPERIENCED. TOM, WHAT DO WE EXPECT AS WATCH THESE FINAL MOMENTS OF THEIR BIG. >> MISSION TO AND WHAT’S THE PROTOCOL AFTER I JUST TOUCHED DOWN THERE. WE SEE THAT CLOUD OF DUST. SO I THINK THEY’RE CLOSE TO TOUCH DOWN IF THEY HAVEN’T ALREADY BEEN USED TO AFTER YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW WHAT THE HEADLINE IS GOING TO BE AROUND THE WORLD CAPTAIN KIRK AND CHRISTOS TO SPACE AND COMES BACK AND LAND SAFELY. THEY ARE YOU. SO THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR HIM. A GREAT PERSONAL TRIUMPH FOR HIM AND AND LET’S BE CANDID. IT’S A BIG HONOR AND A GREAT DAY FOR BLUE ORIGIN AS WELL. NOW THEY WILL BE ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 22 MINUTES. >> BEFORE THEY WILL PULL THEM OR OR HELP THEM GET OUT OF THE CAPSULE. THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THE IDEA THAT THE ENTIRE VEHICLE IS OFF GASSED, IF YOU WILL. YOU GET RID OF ALL THE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FUMES AND GASES. BUT THIS JUST HAS GONE LIKE PERFECTLY AND THERE WAS A QUOTE, BY THE WAY, ON TWITTER FROM WILLIAM SHATNER MAN AND HE SAYS THE GET A QUOTE, WILLIAM SHATNER’S TWEET, QUOTE, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I MAY APPEAR TO THE WORLD LIKE THAT TO MYSELF. I SEEM TO HAVE BEEN ONLY LIKE A BOY PLAYING ON THE SEASHORE DIVERTING MYSELF IN NOW AND THEN FINDING A SMOOTHER PAVEL OR A PRETTIER SHELL THAN ORDINARY LAST THE GREAT OCEAN OF TRUTH SLATE ALL UNDISCOVERED BEFORE ME. SO I THINK HE’S TRYING TO WAX POETIC. I SUSPECT HE ACTUALLY COMPOSED THAT MEAN THAT TWEET BEFORE YOU WENT UP WITH ANY OF THE SEND WAS ALREADY TWEETING. I’M BEING TOLD CONFESSED TO NOT KNOWING THIS OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD THAT IT’S A QUOTE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON, WHICH OF COURSE IS POETIC. >> AND ITS OWN RIGHT. YEAH, HE WAS A PREPROGRAMMED. THIS TWEET THAT GOT WE’LL HAVE TO GET UP THE COFFEE RESPONSE FROM WILLIAM SHATNER AND IS THE FELLOW PASSENGERS. ONE OF THEM IS A BLUE ORIGIN. EMPLOYEE. AND THEN THE OTHER 2 ARE PAYING CUSTOMERS AND TIME. THIS ISN’T A CHEAP TICKET. IT’S A QUICK ONE. BUT IT’S NOT A CHEAP >> A QUARTER MILLION WE BELIEVE IS HOW MUCH THAT THE PAIN PASSENGERS PAID FOR BOTH OF THEM ARE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS WHO CAN AFFORD IT. SHATNER WAS INVITED TO GO I GOT TO TELL YOU, I THINK THEY’RE PAYING HIM AND ALL HONESTY BECAUSE HE’S BEEN ASKED TO DO SO MUCH MEDIA YOU GOT TO COMPENSATE THE GUY FIRST TIME. BUT I SO ALL OF THIS IS ALL PART OF BLUE ORIGINS, BIG PUBLIC RELATIONS PUSH TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT YOU KNOW, PUTTING PEOPLE IN SPACE AND THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF SPACE TO SPACE TOURISM BUSINESS. AND YOU SAVANNAH, I’M SHE I’M NOT SURE THAT YOU AND I WILL BE DOING THIS COVERAGE LIVE ON NETWORK TELEVISION IF A WARRANT FOR THE FACT THAT CAPTAIN KIRK IS ON BOARD RIGHT NOW. WITH THE CREDIT SPACE TRAVEL THAT COULD IT PR TO THEY KNOW HOW TO GET ATTENTION IS ENDING THE ORIGINAL CAPTAIN KIRK. >> TO THE PLACE WHERE NO MAN GONE BEFORE IF YOU HAVE A SAYS IT IS A GOOD PR MOVE, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. ACTUALLY, HE WEIGHS A GOOD DISCUSSION. POINT WERE PROBABLY ABOUT 10 MINUTES OR SO BEFORE WE SEE THESE ASTRONAUTS DISEMBARK FROM THIS CAPSULE AND PERHAPS HEAR FROM THEM OR AT LEAST GET TO READ THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES. BUT MIKE ALL ASK YOU WHAT TO YOU IS THE A FLIGHT LIKE THIS. AND THIS NEW ERA OF COMMERCIAL SPACE TRAVEL. >> I THINK WHAT IT WHAT IT DOES IS IT OPENS UP THE OPPORTUNITY FLY IN SPACE NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE WE SEE BUT ALSO FOR EXPERIMENTS. MY STUDENTS, I TEACH AT COLUMBIA 2 YEARS AGO. THEY FLEW ONE OF THOSE FLIGHTS THAT THERE. THEY MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY BEFORE THEY PUT PEOPLE ON BOARD. THEY FLEW NEXT PERMANENT, A SPACE THAT LOW COST. SO IT OPENS IT UP FOR RESEARCH FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO TO EXPERIENCE SPACE FLIGHT AS SOURCE OR OBSERVERS AS WE SEE TODAY. AND IT’S NOT JUST FOR ANYBODY. JUST A SELECT FEW. NOW IT CAN BE FOR MORE AND MORE PEOPLE. GRANTED, YOU SOME CASH TO GO RIGHT NOW. BUT I THINK THAT THAT PRICE IS GOING TO GO DOWN AND THE THE AUTOMATION INVOLVEMENT DOESN’T TAKE VERY MUCH TRAINING. A COUPLE DAYS EMERGENCY PROCEDURES SHOT. THAT’S ALL IT TAKES ITS ITS MINIMAL YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEDICATE YOUR CAREER LIKE JOY. I DID TO GET THE CHANCE TO FLY IN SPACE. SO IT’S GOING ALLOW MORE PEOPLE TO GO AND HOPEFULLY THAT PRICE KEEPS COMING DOWN WE USE ABILITY THAT WE SAW THAT, THAT THAT ROCKET SHIP A VERY CLOSE BY TO WHERE IT TOOK OFF FROM. YOU CAN TURN AROUND FAIRLY QUICKLY. AND SO THE PRICE WILL CONTINUE TO COME DOWN IN MORE AND MORE PEOPLE GET TO EXPERIENCE THIS AND IT WILL HELP. I THINK NOT JUST IN RESEARCH AND PROJECTS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO DO. BUT ALSO IN JUST A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, THE FRAGILITY IN THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET REALLY SINKS. AND WHEN YOU GET TO SEE IT FROM SPACE NOW IT’S JUST GOING TO RAISE THAT WAS JOHN DEACON ABOUT THEM BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK TO PEOPLE SUCH AS YOURSELVES WHO HAVE BEEN THERE. >> AND IN SEEING THE EARTH FROM THAT VERY RARE VANTAGE POINT. PEOPLE DO SAY IT CHANGES YOU EVEN IF IT IS JUST FOR A FLEETING FEW MOMENTS THAT THAT THAT THAT PERSPECTIVE REALLY HAS AN IMPACT. DID YOU FIND THAT TO BE THE CASE. JOHN. >> I ABSOLUTELY DO. I ACTUALLY DID A TIKTOK OVER ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE IN SPACE AND HOW AS I CAME BACK I HAD A BETTER PERSPECTIVE AND APPRECIATION ASSET TO THE FRAGILITY OF THE EARTH AND ITS DUTY AND FACT THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT HER BECAUSE HAVE WON. IN SKIING. IT BETTER APPRECIATION FOR HUMANITY. AND MY OVERALL GOAL. WHAT THE PROMISE I MADE WAS TO BE KINDER AND GENTLER TEAM’S AND BECAUSE WE’RE ALL IN THIS WORLD WHAT WE DO AFFECTS THE NEXT AND SO I WANT TO BE A PERSON WHO BRINGS GOOD AND CHANGE FOR I MY SO HUMAN. >> WELL, IT CERTAINLY IS HELPING OTHERS TO HAVE THAT PERSPECTIVE AS AND AS I TURN TO YOU, TOM COSTELLO. WE JUST SEEN THE BOOSTER ROCKET REPOSITION ITSELF AND COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH. AND ONE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY FEATURES AT THE BLUE ORIGIN VEHICLE IS THAT IT IS REUSABLE AND BLUE ORIGIN HAS MUCH LARGER AMBITIONS THAN JUST A JOY RIDE. WELL, THE LET’S KEEP IT. LOOK AT KEEP AN EYE ON THE SHOT ACTUALLY BECAUSE LOOKS LIKE THEY MIGHT BE ABOUT TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR. >> SAY IT’S MORE EXCITING, LITERALLY. LITERALLY. >> TRYING TO GET A THUMBS-UP FROM EVERY ONE OF THE ASTRONAUTS INSIDE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THEM ARE OK. THAT’S WHAT SHE’S DOING. LOOKING AT EACH ONE OF THEM THROUGH THE WINDOWS, MAKING SURE THAT THEY’RE OK AND NOW THEY’RE SECURING THE CAPSULE. YOU KNOW, WE ROUGHLY 70 MILE PER HOUR WINDS HERE YESTERDAY. SO THAT’S WHY THEY DIDN’T DO THIS AS PLANNED YESTERDAY THEY’RE DOING IT NOW. AND IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE AND NO WINS WHATSOEVER. >> AND SO NOW WE’LL SEE THIS HOW THEY’RE ABLE TO DISEMBARK IN THE WIRES ARE QUOTING SHATNER SAYING THAT WAS UNLIKE ANYTHING THEY’VE DESCRIBED. SO I THINK HEAR MORE FROM HIM AND FROM ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME AS THEY TAKE THESE FEW MINUTES TO OPEN THE DOORS AND WE’LL SEE WHAT OUR OUR FIRST SECONDS WITH THEM ARE WOULD YOU EXPECT WITH THAT BRIEF TIME IN SPACE, MIKE, THAT THEY HAVE, YOU KNOW, THAT THE SEAT THEY WOULD GET THEIR SEA LEGS, THAT THEY MIGHT FEEL A LITTLE JAY CLEAR WAS THERE TO SEE. >> WELL, SO A PRETTY SHORT TIME THAT THEY ARE UP THERE. I THINK WE SORT THE OTHER CREW THEY WERE ABLE YOU KNOW, STAND UP AND GET UP AND WALK OUT AND WAVE AND MOVE AROUND. SO I THINK THAT THEY’LL PROBABLY BE JUST FINE. BUT JUST IN CASE I WOULD SUGGEST TO THEM, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY BE DOING THIS. JUST TAKING A LITTLE BIT SLOW. MAKE SURE THEY GET UP AND FEELING GOOD BEFORE THEY MOVE AROUND TOO QUICKLY. THERE WERE JUST A FEW MINUTES OF WEIGHTLESSNESS. THEIR ADAPTATION COMING SHOULD NOT BE A BIG DEAL. >> TOM, WE WERE JUST STARTING TO TALK ABOUT IT. BUT I KNOW WE’RE KEEPING OUR EYE THIS CAPSULE. SEE WANT TO SEE THOSE FIRST IMAGES. BUT BLUE ORIGIN DOES HAVE MUCH LARGER AMBITIONS. TELL US ABOUT THAT. >> SO THE CAPSULE AND WHO IS GOING TO BE CHECKING ON IT. LISTEN, RIGHT NOW. BLUE ORIGIN. AND AS YOU KNOW, OLD BY JEFF BEZOS, THEY HAVE MUCH BIGGER AMBITIONS. THEY WANT TO GO TO THE MOON. THEY ARE IN A TOUGH FIGHT BACK AND FORTH WITH ELON MUSK AND SPACE. X OVER GETTING TO THE MOON AND SETTING UP A MOON BASE AND PROVIDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ROCKETS TO GET NASA, THOUGH, HAS AWARDED SPACE X THE LOOTER CONTRACTS NOT. JEFF BEZOS AND NOT, OF COURSE, A BLUE ORIGIN AND THAT HAS BEEN A BIG BONE OF CONTENTION BASE OWES. YOU KNOW, EVEN THREATENING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST A AND THEN YOU HAD, FOR EXAMPLE, ELON MUSK TELLING YOU CAN’T GET THAT TO THE MOON BY SUE IN YOUR WAY THERE AND THAT REAL COMPETITION BETWEEN JEFF BEZOS AND ELON MUSK. BUT AT THE MALL AND ALL AT THE MOMENT, ELON MUSK AND SPACE X HAVE THE NASA CONTRACT TO TRY TO GO TO THE MOON TO CREATE AND BUILD A MOON BASE TO PROVIDE THE ROCKETS TO GET THERE SPACE X AT THE MOMENT APART ME A BLUE ORIGIN AT THE MOMENT DOES NOT. I WOULDN’T GIVE UP ON THAT, THOUGH. THE INFRASTRUCTURE THEY HAVE BUILT HERE IN THE DESERT. I’LL JUST TELL YOU, SAVANNAH, THIS IS NOT FLY BY THEY HAVE BUILT A TREMENDOUS INFRASTRUCTURE. THEY ARE PLANNING TO GO LONG AND DEEP AND FOR THE LONG TERM, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE IMAGES THAT YOU ARE TALKING WITH US, TOM, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE JEFF PESOS KIND OF KNOCKING THROUGH THE WINDOWS. I DON’T KNOW IF DOES IS THAT WE THINK THAT WAS IT CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE IT TO ME. BUT IT WAS HARD TO MAKE OUT. >> I DIDN’T GET A CLEAR VIEW ON MY SCREEN. THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE. I KNOW THAT HE IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BE THERE AND BE A PART OF THIS. HE EVEN STRAIGHT. HE EVEN TOLD ME LAST NIGHT HE WAS TEMPTED TO STOW AWAY AND B AND TAKE ONE OF THE EXTRA SEATS THAT HAS NOT TAKEN BUT CLEARLY DECIDED TO STAY ON THE GROUND WHEN THEY RECEIVED LETTERS FROM OF THE PASSENGERS ASTRONAUTS ON THE FIRST FLOOR LIKE THEY WERE SAID, OH, YOU’RE SO LUCKY. WE WISH WE COULD GO BACK AGAIN. SO I GUESS IT’S A LITTLE BIT LIKE A ROLLER COASTER THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD GET RIGHT BACK ON HIM. RIGHT. AGAIN. THE MINI LAND. >> I THINK YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. EVERYBODY WHO’S DONE THIS HAS THE SAME EXPERIENCE, WHETHER YOU’RE ON ONE OF THESE TYPES OF A QUICK TRIPS AS A TOURIST OR YOU’RE A NASA ASTRONAUT WHO GOES TO THE STATION. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD NASA ASTRONAUTS SAY THEY SPEND 3, 4, 5, MONTHS UP THERE AND THEY CAN GO WAY TO GO BACK IS SUCH A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE ALLY FULFILLING BUT IT IS ASTONISHING HOW 3 TO 4 MINUTES OF WEIGHTLESSNESS WILL COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR VIEWPOINT AND I’M NOW LOOKING AT AND YOU’RE GOING TO SEE IT ON THE SECOND HERE. SAID APPEARS IS OPENING THE HATCH. >> LET’S KEEP OUR EYE AND THANK YOU, EVERYBODY FOR JOINING US LIVE FROM WEST TEXAS AT OUR LAUNCH SITE. ONE. OUR SECOND HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT CREW HAS GONE TO SPACE AND BACK UP OVER THE KARMAN LINE JUST OVER 351,000 FEET. WE’RE WAITING. JEFF BEZOS WHO IS NOW OPENING THE HATCH. >> ALL OF THEM APPEAR HEALTHY. ALL OF THEM SEEM TO BE ABLE TO EXIT ON THEIR OWN POWER. >> HE SAID HELLO AS HE POKED HOURS A BIG HUG FROM HER SISTER. ORIGIN. THE ONLY BLUE ORIGIN EMPLOYEE. >> OUR CUSTOMER RESPONSE 1000. THE FIRST FULL AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN TO GO TO SPACE AND BACK. AND GLENN DE VRIES. >> COULD HEAR THAT, SAVANNAH. JUST IT’S FUN. WELL, I’LL TELL HE WAS REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT HE SAID ON OUR AIR. HE SAID IN CONVERSATIONS WITH ME. HE WAS NERVOUS. >> ABOUT THE WHAT A COMEBACK DOWN. LET’S LISTEN IT. ♪♪♪>> I WANT TO HEAR ♪♪♪>> CHAMPAIGN SHOWERS. HOW AND TAKING IN THE MOMENT CLEARLY ♪♪♪♪♪AND YOU’RE WE HAVE ♪>> U. S. . IT’S THERE IS ♪YES, I THIS AS WE’RE IT’S ONE THING THE OF BUT WHAT TRUE AND IT’S SO AND YOU’RE THROUGH IT IN AN INSTANT. IT’S ONE OF THEM. HOW YOU MEASURE YOU’RE GOING TO 1000 MILES AN HOUR TO 2. 50 WHATEVER THE ENOUGH, EVEN SOME OF THROUGH THE BLUES. >> YOU’RE YOU KNOW, IT’S THERE IS A GALAXY IS BUT WHAT YOU SEE IS AND WHAT YOU SEE THEM THERE IS AND THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE. YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING I MEAN, ARE THOSE OTHER GUYS ARE DOING. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU DO, IT’S THE MOST OR SO. WITH EMOTION OF JUST HAPPENED. I JUST. >> AND YOU MIGHT NEVER RECOVER I FEEL NOW. I WANT LOSE IT. AND SO ON. ♪IT’S SO MUCH LARGER LIFE. IT HAS OR SEND THE SUMMER WHY IT’S BEAUTIFUL. YES, BEAUTIFUL OF SWAY, I MEAN, HERE MY AND EVEN BEGIN TO EXPRESS FOR IT. WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO DO IS TO COMMUNICATE. IT’S MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THE CHOPPER A YOU SEE HOW OF ALL IT’S SO WHICH IS KEEPING THAN YOUR IT’S IT’S A IT’S A IT’S A SLIVER. IT’S A MEASURE REALLY SMALL WHEN YOU THINK IN TERMS OF ARE. RIVERS, IT’S OURS I MEAN, WHEN YOU WHAT IS THE ONE PERCENT SOME OF RED STAYING TO OUR A TO TO DIRTY I MEAN, THAT’S 50 MILES OF JUST IN HERE YOU SEE THE MOMENT THIS IS LIVE THIS LIFE. AND IN THE STATE IN AN INSTANT HIT A WALL. THAT’S WHAT I >> OVERALL I KNOW. YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING EARLIER FOR AND YOU KNOW, IT’S GOING TO WHATEVER THAT FREEZES YOU HAVE THAT YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF TO DESCRIBE >> THIS IS ABOUT THE MEANS OR ANOTHER ANY EXPERIENCE. I MEAN, CERTAINLY IS ASKED WHAT YOU NEED LINE ONE DELAY AFTER THE WE’RE LIVE I I THINK A HERE THAT WE MOVE THE PAGE SOMETHING ON THE EDGE OF RIO GRANDE RIVER FROM ALL LONGER. >> AND I FEEL THOUGH, THIS AND AND I’M THINKING A ANOTHER DELAY, LITTLE MORE RIGHT. BY THE WAY, HAVE TO BE IT’S ONLY A SIMULATION. EVERYTHING ELSE IS MUCH CAPTURE DOESN’T CAPTURE AND BESIDES WHICH THE WHAT I WAS GOING TO HAVE A GOT TO BE ABLE TO SURVIVE THE G GOOD LORD. FEELING ALL THE LOSS OF THE IT IS FEELING OF HOW PROFOUND THAT EXPERIENCE WAS. HE SAID I HOPE I NEVER RECOVER TO JEFF TOM COSTELLO AND THAT FEELING THAT EVERY ASTRONAUT DESCRIBED APPARENTLY. >> SHATNER’S FIELDS. AND SPAIN’S I’D SAY HE WAS A LITTLE STARSTRUCK. >> YEAH. I GOT TO TELL YOU, I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THEM LAST NIGHT AND I WAS STRUCK BY HOW HOW MUCH HE, HOW MUCH EMOTION HE ALREADY FELT GOING INTO THE U. S. AND HOW PROFOUNDLY AND DEEPLY HE FEELS ABOUT TRYING TO SAVE THE PLANET AND HE WAS GETTING EMOTIONAL ON THE CONVERSATION WITH ME LAST NIGHT AND NOW TO SEE THIS IN IT’S REALLY QUITE SOMETHING. IT’S REALLY QUITE IMPRESSIVE 90 YEARS OLD AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID IS. >> TO SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE. BUT WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT. YOU CAN FIND MORE ON NBC NEWS, DOT COM AND MSNBC FULL WRAP UP TONIGHT ON NIGHTLY NEWS. MOST OF YOU RETURN TO TODAY. AND SAVANNAH GUTHRIE IN NEW YORK. ♪

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