When he went to space, William Shatner “cryed” with sadness.

According to publishers Simon and Schuster, he will publish a book called “Boldly Go” this fall, which is claimed as a kind of philosophical consideration of his life, career, and “interoperability of everything”. It’s a schedule. He is also the face of a new coding contest that offers winners the opportunity to travel over 18 miles in balloon-bound spacecraft-style capsules. (Yes, it is.)

CNN Business has caught up with the “Star Trek” legend in a wide range of interviews this week. Here is a brief summary.

Shatner was a guest invited by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to fly the second crew of New Shepard, a suborbital space travel rocket developed by Bezos’ company Blue Origin. Shatner was visibly emotional when he returned. He explained that he sees the emptiness and black expanse of the universe as “seeing death.”

“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.

“It’s going to get worse!” Shatner said of the environmental crisis. “It’s like someone paying for a mortgage, they don’t have a payment, and they think,” Well, let’s go to dinner and don’t think about it. ” “

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.”

He also repeated the goals Bezos had publicly stated. If space travel can be cheap enough, the polluted industry can be moved into outer space and protect the planet like a huge national park. (There are also skeptics and critics in the idea.)

Why send software developers to space?

One of Shatner’s latest gigs is a spokesperson for a contest held by Rapyd, the developer of the digital payment platform. This is called “Hack the Galaxy” and calls on developers to solve their biweekly coding challenges. Winners can choose between a prize of $ 130,000 or a chance to take part in a 2026 flight run by startup Space Perspectives. The height of the capsule attached to the balloon is about 100,000 feet.

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.

For the non-physicists in us, it’s incredibly difficult to understand. Shatner said he wanted him to jump into this topic when he traveled to England to interview Stephen Hawking, a well-known cosmologist for documentaries. However, Hawking, who was trapped in a wheelchair and spoke computer-based for a regressive medical condition, had to prepare all the questions in advance.

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. “

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