William Shatner, the oldest person to blast into space, got hardly any sleep before his Blue Origin spaceflight and went horse riding with Jeff Bezos 24 hours before takeoff, according to Don DiCostanzo, who accompanied him on the whole journey.
Shatner, who is famous for his role as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek," blasted into space on October 13 with three other passengers, onboard a New Shepard rocket made by Blue Origin, Bezos' space exploration company.
DiCostanzo, CEO and founder of Pedego Electric Bikes, spent seven days as Shatner's wingman, traveling with the 90-year-old from New York to Van Horn, where Blue Origin is based.
DiCostanzo said he's known Shatner for eight years and that they're good friends.
The launch was supposed to happen on October 12 but it got pushed back a day due to high winds. According to DiCostanzo, Shatner spent the day horseback riding with Bezos on the billionaire's ranch.
DiCostanzo said: "They became really good buddies from what I could tell."
Shatner has the energy of a 20-year-old, DiCostanzo told Insider.
"On launch day, I understand that he had less than two hours of sleep," DiCostanzo said. "He got up early in the morning at 6 a.m. to get ready to go on the launch, and he went out on that fabulous rocket ship ride at 8 a.m."
After returning back to Earth, Shatner spent an hour with friends and family, took part in press interviews for two hours, and posed in pictures by New Shepard rocket, DiCostanzo said.
When DiCostanzo met Shatner back in Blue Origin's Astronaut Village, where the astronauts stay, in the afternoon, the TV star told him to "hurry up and grab a sandwich because we've got a flight to catch."
Shatner chatted for the whole two-hour flight to Los Angeles on Bezos' private jet, DiCostanzo said. When they got off the flight, DiCostanzo said Shatner "bounced off the plane talking about where he was going to go for dinner."
"I had four hours of sleep and I was dragging, and I'm 30 years younger than he is!" DiCostanzo added.
Shatner wanted to go for a bike ride the night before the launch, but Blue Origin staff members told him it was out of charge. According to DiCostanzo, that wasn't true. "They didn't want him to crash the night before," he said.
Shatner also took a Pedego bike to Blue Origin's Astronaut Village, which rode around the site, according to DiCostanzo. Pedego's YouTube video about the Blue Origin launch shows Shatner riding the electric bike after he got off a private jet.
Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/william-shatner-jeff-bezos-blue-origin-horse-riding-space-flight-2021-10730