CNN Business has caught up with the “Star Trek” legend in a wide range of interviews this week. Here is a brief summary.
“There is comfort with Mother Earth, then … there is death,” he said at the time.
After the flight, he couldn’t stop crying, he said in an interview with CNN Business this week.
“It took me hours to figure out what it was and why I was crying,” he said. “I realized I was sad. I was sad about the destruction of the earth.”
Shatner said he was greatly influenced by the 1962 book “Silent Spring” by biologist Rachel Carson on environmental protection.
What does he think of the millionaire in space
Companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Bezos’ Blue Origin (backed by the two wealthiest men in the world) are often the subject of criticism. Can space exploration paved by a few wealthy people bring about the type of egalitarianism boasted by “Star Trek”?
“It lacks the whole idea here,” Shatner said. “The overall idea is to get people accustomed to space, like going to the Riviera. It’s not vanity. It’s business.”
Why send software developers to space?
Shatner said he jumped at the idea because he wanted the “problem solver” to experience the same innovative high-altitude joyride as he did.
“I want to get it [these coders] I’m interested in the development of the financial world, but “why don’t you focus on carbon recovery, or one of the big problems? Hunger? Poverty?” Shatner said.
Shatner’s dinner with Stephen Hawking
Shatner said he finds string theory a new attraction. This is a popular idea that seeks to explain compatibility with quantum physics, or easier-to-observe scientific ideas such as particle physics, gravity, and so on.
Shatner recalled “I couldn’t ask him that question” about string theory. “But when we made this arrangement, he said,’I want to ask Shatner.’ I’m leaning forward, you know, we’re sitting side by side looking at the camera. Is … and he struggled to type: “What is your favorite episode?”
Shatner didn’t have a favorite “Star Trek” episode for the record and didn’t give an answer. However, Hawking still invited him to dinner.
“What do you do? At dinner? With someone you can’t talk to?” Shatner laughed. “But I had a great moment with him.”
For the curious, Shatner summarized his thoughts on string theory. It assumes that everything in the universe is made up of vibrating strings at the most basic level. Connect ourselves. “