On Thursday, the current Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, sharply criticized companies specializing in space tourism. On Friday, actor William Shatner, who flew into space aboard Blue Origin on Wednesday, responded to the comments of the potential future king of the United Kingdom.
A member of the British royal family said it was really important to focus on this planet rather than give up and go into space to experiment and think of solutions for the future.
He also mentioned that there is a “fundamental question” about the carbon footprint of spaceflight.
Astronaut William Shatner claimed on a US TV show that the prince got it wrong.
The actor claimed that flights like his are a “small step” toward moving polluting industries into space. “The prince misses the point,” he added.
Immortal Captain Kirk of Star Trek, who at the age of 90 became the oldest person in history to go into space, said that a power base could be built more than 400 kilometers above Earth.
So, all it takes is “a rich person like Jeff Bezos to say ‘let’s go upstairs'”.
It looks like Captain Kirk still has time for another adventure.
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