“What you have given me is the most profound experience. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened,” opened up the Captain Kirk actor to Bezos post-flight.
“It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.
“To see the blue colour whip by you, and now you’re staring into blackness … everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see this,” the Star Trek actor gushed.
“I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can retain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”
Bezos looked distracted during the chat with Shatner and said: “Give me the champagne bottle”, before spraying it around, all over crew, who screamed excitedly.
After being cut off, Shatner stepped back from the spray and turned away from Bezos.
“Jeff can’t be outdone! It’s all about him,” said one Twitter user, as streams of comments flooded the cringe-worthy footage.
“Shatner learned about the fragility of life that day … and we learned about the fragility of someone’s ego,” said another user.
“Just shows no amount of money can buy manners and class,” posted someone else.
“Shatner was moving. Bezos came off as an awkward, uncaring tool,” one remarked.
“C’mon Jeff give the guy a minute. Where is Scotty when you need him! Beam up Bezos please,” said another.
Ninty-year-old Shatner became the oldest person to take off into space on Wednesday, aboard the Blue Origin developed by 57-year-old Amazon founder Bezos. The billionaire joined the actor and his colleagues on the drive from Blue Origin’s crew headquarters to the launchpad in Van Horn.
Nasa tweeted a good luck message to Shatner before blastoff. “We wish you all the best on your flight to space. You are, and always shall be, our friend,” it said.
Bezos has sold $100m in tickets for rides into space and has ambitions to expand the space tourism industry. Bezos became the first passenger to take off in the maiden crewed Blue Origin flight in July.