William Shatner pushes back Prince William’s stance on space tourism – Boston 25 News
William Shatner is now truly a rocket man, and his experience breaking down the barrier to space brings him into a battle of wills with Prince William.
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William Shatner boldly went where few had gone on Wednesday when he boarded Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft as part of the latest space tourism mission.
But the next day Prince William slammed people like Bezos and other members of the billionaire club for spending money taking the paying public into space, CNN reported.
He didn’t report Bezos, Elon Musk or Richard Branson by name, but still told the BBC that those people who have money should invest not only money but also time to protect our home, the Earth.
“We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live,” Prince William told the BBC.
He said he had “absolutely no interest” in taking off and was actually worried about the potential impact space tourism could have on the environment.
But Shatner, who became the oldest person in space at the age of 90 on her flight, disagrees with Prince William’s statements.
“He’s a lovely, sweet, educated man, but he’s got a bad idea,” Shatner said. Entertainment tonight. “The idea here isn’t to say ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space.
Instead, he said trips like his are a “small step” that could move polluting industries into space.
Shatner said a power plant could be built 250 miles above Earth that could provide electricity to homes and businesses on the ground.
“All he needs is … someone as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], ‘Let’s go up there,’ ”Shatner said during the Entertainment tonight interview.
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