Blue Origin successfully completed its second human spaceflight on board New Shepard on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The flight included four astronauts, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner, as well as thousands of postcards from Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future.
Now official astronauts, the crew returned from space to celebrate in the West Texas desert with family, friends and the Blue Origin team.
“At Blue Origin, we are motivated by the dreamers that inspire us and the builders who turn those dreams into reality. Today’s crew represented both dreamers and builders. We had the honor of flying our very own Audrey Powers, vice president of New Shepard Operations, who fulfilled a lifelong dream to go to space and has been an integral part of building New Shepard. Our two customers, Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries, have built their own successful ventures and have now realized their own dreams of space travel. And, as everyone knows, William Shatner has played an important role in describing and imagining the wonders of universe and inspired many of us to pursue a career in the space industry,” said Bob Smith, CEO Blue Origin. “This flight was another step forward in flying astronauts safely and often. It’s an incredible team and we are just getting started.”
Upon exiting the capsule after the ten minute flight, Shatner, an actor, 90-years-old, who played one of the most famous space travelers of all time on the show Star Trek, said, “What you have given me is the most profound experience that I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary.”
Blue Origin is planning one more crewed flight this year, with several more crewed flights planned for 2022.