William Shatner responds to Prince William’s criticism of space tourism

Recent rocket passenger William Shatner has responded to Prince William’s criticism of space tourism for the wealthy as Earth continues to be plagued by environmental problems.

Shatner, 90, became the oldest person to fly in space on Wednesday when he exited Earth’s atmosphere with three other passengers aboard the New Shepard NS-18 ship, built by Blue Origin, the company founded by billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. .

The Duke of Cambridge has criticized flights such as abandoning Earth and worsening pollution here.

“We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world to be committed to trying to fix this planet, not trying to find the next place to live,” the prince told the BBC when asked. on climate change in an interview broadcast on Thursday. “It’s really crucial to focus on that [planet] rather than giving up and heading off into space.

The prince added that there was the “fundamental issue” of the carbon cost of spaceflight, and he noted that he had “absolutely no interest” in going into space.

“If we’re not careful, we’re stealing our children’s future by what we’re doing now. And I think that’s not fair,” he said.

But Prince William “had a bad idea”, Shatner told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday.

“The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space,'” the legendary actor said. message, it’s a small step in the idea of ​​bringing industry up there, so that all these polluting industries… out of the Earth.”

The actor said the operations could be built “250, 280 miles above the Earth” and then “send that power here, and they grab it, and then they use it, and it’s there.”

All he “needs is…someone as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say]”Let’s go up there,” Shatner said, adding again that Prince William was “missing the point.”

The “point is that these are the baby steps to show people [that] it’s very useful. You can send someone like me into space,” the actor said.

Shatner said he agreed with the prince that there are issues that need to be resolved on Earth, “but we can curl your hair and put lotion on your face at the same time,” he added.

Shatner, who was very emotional after his 10-minute flight, said it was incredibly special, like “holding your child for the first time”.

It’s a “shattering experience, and I’ve had that experience,” he said.

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