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tv   Blue Origin Launches William Shatner Others into Space  CSPAN  October 16, 2021 3:16pm-3:51pm EDT

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tuesday, select committee investigating the january 6 attack on the u.s. capitol considers whether to hold former trump administration chief strategist steve bannon in contempt for cu for refusing to testify. watch it live on c-span2,, or our new video app, c-span now on tuesday at 730 10 p.m. >> now, blue origin's new shepherd launches william shatner and others into space from west texas. after his safe return, mr. shatner speaks about his experience. this was about half an hour. -- this runs about half an hour. zos.
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>> 10, 9, a, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. >> the second human spaceflight >> what a launch. the first milestone here on this flight to fame.
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you can follow along on the base of the screen and the speedometers. they are gaining speed on their climb to space. we have confirmed max q, when the aerodynamic stresses on their vehicle were at their maximum.
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thank you for joining us live for new shepard's second human flight with audrey powers, william shatner, and chris on board. they are well on their way to space. so far, a nominal flight and clean burn honor new engine three. new shepherd giving them a beautiful flight to space this morning. the rocket is climbing towards an altitude. we are aiming just over the carbon line, the internationally recognized line of space 100 kilometers, about 328,000 feet, and a gorgeous view down the rocket. now, we have had main engine cutoffs, the engine has shut off. in just a moment, we will separate the capsule from the booster. at that point, our astronauts will have the opportunity to get out of their harnesses and enjoy the beauties of zero g let's wait to listen.
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. [cheering] there you can see a clean separation between the capsule and booster. there you can see the capsule from the top of the booster. they are continuing their assent over the carbon line. you will know when they hit after g when the speed hit zero. and there they are, over 328,000 feet over 100 kilometers. welcome to space, the newest astronauts on board our crew capsule.
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and there they are. they have just about hit after g at 361,000 feet. while we do not have apogee, i can imagine they are having the time of their lives.
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thank you, everybody, for joining us live from west texas. i nominal flight for our second human crew -- a nominal flight for our second human crew. so exciting to have sent captain kirk himself, william shatner, to space. i cannot wait to hear his commentary upon return, as well as our two customers, chris from australia, to all the tunes tuning in from down under, a big shout out to you guys, as well as our very own audrey powers. they are coming back home. the booster, of course, is going
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to be the capsule -- beat the capsule back home. it is more aerodynamically shaped. the base of the capsule is a blunt end, so it is less aerodynamic. what we are going to see coming up shortly is at the top of the rocket, we have the ring, and they drag race, the wedge fins that help stabilize the vehicle, kind of like the feathers of the back of a narrow. and then you will also see the drag. it cuts the velocity dramatically. there you can see the wedge fins are out.
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to receive the dissent, we will expect the three engine to relight about 1200 meters above ground level. let's wait for that. here we come, new shepherd. and touchdown. welcome back, new shepherd. the fourth flight to space and back for that vehicle. provided a beautiful flight to space for our second human crew. wow. that gets me every time we do this live in texas, the sonic
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boom is so cool. drag brakes are folding back in, as have the wedge fins, it looks like you can feel her -- fuel her up and go again. what do you think? >> even when you expect the sonic boom, it still catches you off guard every time. >> talk about a rumble, the beautiful side of our new shepherd rocket there in the west texas desert. the show is not over. the capsule is descending. we are waiting for the drogue shoots to deploy. those are very much like that guide parachutes. they will subsequently be followed by the main parachutes that will first reach and then fully inflate. there go the drogue parachutes. and here come the manes. what a flight. [laughter]
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you can already start to hear the cheers from outside our stage here in west texas. >> [indiscernible] >> yeah, yeah, i see it. it is from the covers. >> it is going to rotate. >> i want to find that and take it home. >> how about that, guys? >> how about that, guys? >> that was like anything to describe.
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we got less than 1000 feet. >> right. >> touchdown. >> and here comes our crew back into the desert. >> newest astronauts, 596, 97, 98, 99. >> that is unlike anything you will ever feel again. >> standby, touchdown. standby, touchdown. >> and the capsule touchdown. welcome back, the newest astronauts, audrey, william shatner, glenn, and chris. what a day for you. welcome back. i cannot wait to talk to them, jackie. i just get what the experience
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up there was this morning. what a clean flight. >> what an absolutely stunning flight. i also love tearing that audio of them on their way back about how this experience was for them. i cannot wait to hear their stories. >> you heard william shatner say this is like nothing i have ever experienced before. coming from a man who in theory has experienced space. >> who has gone at warp speed and has traveled the intergalactic universe, this is like nothing he has ever seen before. >> what a day for our astronauts. our team is preparing landing safety operations and recovery of our astronauts from the capsule. we will be on the ground at the landing site to follow the action or just a bit. maybe even talk to the world's newest astronauts. some absolutely breathtaking stuff. i will note that you will see the recovery team show up shortly because we actually send them out before the capsule has landed because through our
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modeling, by now, we are very, very good at analyzing where the capsule is going to come down. where the winds are, so we are going to see the recovery team come out there. of course, we will also be joined by some of their friends and family to watch as they emerge from the capsule. let's check out these beautiful shots of our four astronauts in the texas desert after having gone
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here are some beautiful shots of our astronauts in the capsule awaiting the recovery team. i understand they have ed communications and i've given the thumbs up that they are doing a ok after an exhilarating flight to space and back. awaiting that recovery team. which i am regretting. that feels very unfair. >> there are some ways from our astronauts there. -- waves from our astronauts there. there in the foreground, you see the capsule, the background, the new shepard booster has flown into space four times. the recovery crew.
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>> you can see, beautiful shots of the parachutes, they have fallen pretty close to the capsule itself, there is not a lot of ground wind out there. we talked about this earlier in the show, we had to delay a day because of the custody winds that have been out there. today has been a beautiful day
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for a launch. a launch and landing of four new astronauts. >> we were talking to chris and he flew that around the world to space as you mentioned, he is a dj, our new astronauts, our club from the future postcards that have returned from space and the personal items like the usb full of music. i wish we could be playing some of that right now. >> he will soon. he has a sidekick as a dj. -- a sidekick as a dj. i cannot wait to see what he does with that music. >> william shatner, he also sings. i think that is one of the most beautiful things about what we are doing blue origin. opening the door to more people
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to go to space. yes the scientists and engineers but now the artists, poets, singers, djs, let us see what they create coming out of this experience. going to space changes you. we talked about the overview effect. i cannot wait to see how the stories that come out of and the art that comes out of this. we are getting a thumbs up from each of our astronauts.
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>> thank you for joining us. have just completed our second human flight of the new shepard vehicle. our crew on board, the great william shatner, who has become the oldest person to have ever flown to space at the age of 90 years old. audrey powers, as well as our two customers. our recovery crew is out there and is about to open the hatch. there is jeff bezos, giving a big thumbs up.
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>>wooo! >> wooooo! >> here comes the friends and family. [applause] >> wooo! >> woo!
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>> let me know when you are ready. >> yeah! [applause] [laughter] >> thank you, thank you. >> thank you for 20 us from west texas. -- thank you for joining us in west texas.
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we are awaiting jeff bezos who is now opening the hatch. >> hello, astronauts! [applause] >> come on up, guys. [laughter] [applause] >> there is audrey, a big hug from her sister. captain kirk himself, the great william shatner.
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our customer, the foes -- the first fully australian citizen to go to space and back. and glenn. some big hugs from their loved ones. >> you have got to work on it. >> not only is it different from what you thought, the impression i have i never expected --
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[indiscernible] >> i want to hear this. [applause] [laughter] >> the champagne showers have begun. smiles all around. william shatner taking in the moment, clearly. >> everybody in the world needs to do this. everybody in the world needs to see it. it is unbelievable. the little things just went.
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when you see the blue-collar. -- color and then you are staring into blackness. the caller of -- the colors of blue. he ripped off the sheet -- you are off the sheet and you're looking into blackness. there is blue down there and the black up there. it is just very, there is mother earth and comfort and there is death, but i do not know. it was so moving to me. this experience is something unbelievable. you know, the weightlessness, it
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is so weird. not as weird as the blue. it is one thing to say oh the sky, but what is not true is what is unknown. there is this soft blue, the beauty of the color. you are through it in the instant. is it a mile? >> depends on how you measure it. maybe 50 miles. >> you are through 50 miles. suddenly you are through the blue. you are into black. what you see is black.
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what you see down there is a light and that is the difference. not to have this, you have done something. what you have given me is the most profound experience i can imagine. i am so filled with emotion about what just happened. it is extraordinary. i hope i never recover from it. i hope that i can maintain what i feel now. i do not want to lose it. it is so much a larger than life. it has not got anything to do with a little green planet. it has to do with the normandy
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-- it has to do with the suddenness of life and death. >> it is so beautiful. >> your words. they are amazing. >> i cannot even begin to express what i would love to do, is to communicate as much as possible. the jeopardy, the moment that you see how vulnerable, everything is so small. this air which is keeping us alive is thinner than your skin. it is a sliver, it is immeasurably small when you think of the terms of the universe. it is negligible, this air.
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mars does not have it. when you think how air teaches into oxygen, it is so thin. -- changes into oxygen, it is so thin. to dirty it, 50 miles. you are in death. this is life and that is death. it is in an instant. that is death. that is what i saw. >> that is amazing. i am overwhelmed. i had no idea. we were talking before going, it is good to be different. -- it is going to be different. it is that phrase when you have a different view of things, it does not begin to explain, to
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describe what it was for me. if everybody, it would be so important that everybody got to have that experience. through one means or another. maybe you could put it on 3d on googles -- goggles. but what you need also, one delay after another delight, we are lying there and i am thinking, a little jittery here. oh there is something in the engine, an anomaly in the engine! [laughter]
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i feel the biome and such. i think we are thinking i am a little nervous about the delay. i am a little more nervous and then things start. the simulation is, they have to be more. it is only a simulation. everything else is much more. >> it does not capture it. >> that was amazing on the simulation. i thought what is going to happen to me, will i survive the g forces? i think, good lord, i am giving up. what an experience. >> it look like you had a moment
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