I was a little disappointed to hear this bit of news the other day about everyone’s favourite intergalactic explorer, William Shatner, and his reluctance to usher in a new age of human progress. You see, as many people have no doubt heard, “rebel” billionaire Richard Branson is starting up the world’s first commercial space flight company, Virgin Galactic. Branson reportedly offered Shatner a free seat on the first flight off this rock we call Earth, but Shatner had to decline. Is he crazy?? Not only is it an actual trip to outer space, but it’s a free one! Tickets for Virgin Galactic flights are expected to cost in the ball park of $215,000 US… I hardly think that’s peanuts, even to someone like William Shatner.
Shatner had this to say: “I’m interested in man’s march into the unknown but to vomit in space is not my idea of a good time. Neither is a fiery crash with the vomit hovering over me. I do want to go up but I need guarantees I’ll definitely come back.” Yikes. Branson can’t be happy to hear comments like that. Oh well, I suppose now he’ll just move along down the line of washed up Star Trek celebs until he finds one desperate enough to throw his/her life away. Or just wait until Shatner’s done winning Emmys and finds himself in need of publicity again.» Related Link: Spacecast Blog