William Shatner oldest astronaut at 90 – Here's how space tourism could affect older people
This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.Nick Caplan, Professor of Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University, NewcastleChristopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy, Northumbria University, NewcastleIs space really the final frontier? William Shatner has found out after boldly going where no 90-year-old has gone before. Some 55 years after Captain James T Kirk hit our screens in the original "Star Trek," Shatner recently launched to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard for a 10-minute suborbital flight.Shatner has become the oldest person to go to space, breaking the record set only recently by 82-year-old Wally Funk, who traveled on the New Shepard's first crewed spaceflight in July. Funk was one of the Mercury 13 women who qualified for spaceflight in the 1960s but never flew.With commercial spaceflight companies now taking older people to space, it's timely to consider the potential physical impact space flight might have on them.Video: Watch William Shatner gaze at Earth from space in awespace.com
William Shatner responds to Prince William's criticism of space trip: 'He's got the wrong idea'
"Star Trek" actor William Shatner says that Prince William "has the wrong idea" about space tourism and claimed that his trip to space was a precursor to removing polluting industries from Earth.news.yahoo.com
William Shatner, TV’s Capt. Kirk, blasts into space
VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood's Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company.myrgv.com
EXPLAINER: What's this craze for 'NFTs' all about, anyway?
(Christie's via AP)LONDON – A digital art piece, tweaked using cryptocurrency technology to make it one-of-a-kind, sold at auction this week for nearly $70 million. One purpose of NFTs is that they can be used to trace an object's digital provenance, allowing a select few to prove ownership. Beeple is an American digital artist based in South Carolina whose real name is Mike Winkelmann. Digital artist Anne Spalter started out as an NFT skeptic but has now sold multiple artworks using the tokens. “They’re investors, they’re tech entrepreneurs, they’re in that world.”BUT WHO WOULD SPEND $70 MILLION ON ONE?