'Captain Kirk' reaches final frontier

The TV character Captain Kirk was fond of saying his starship "would boldly go where no man has gone before." The actor who played him, William Shatner, blasted off Wednesday into space.

Shatner took off with three others from a launch pad in Texas. At 90 years old, he became the oldest person ever to reach space.

Shatner's character, Captain James Kirk, made space flight routine during the 1960s on the series Star Trek. The show became a cult favorite at a time when American astronauts were caught up in a race to the moon.

The actor and his crewmates traveled up more than 100 kilometers. They experienced several minutes of weightlessness during a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.

This was the second tourist flight for Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Shatner hugged him after landing.

Bezos is just one of a number of billionaires who have taken tourists to space. Shatner said Bezos had given him "the most profound experience" he could imagine.