William Shatner rejects criticism from British Prince William that billionaires can focus on issues on Earth better than unleash a new space race. The actor who once played Captain Kirk in Star Trek made a short space flight himself in a rocket by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Wednesday.
“He‘s a great man, friendly, educated, but he doesn’t understand,” Shatner told the TV show Entertainment Tonight about the prince‘s statements.
William told the BBC yesterday that he doesn’t like space adventures. “The brightest scholars should focus on repairing this planet, not looking for a new livable planet.” By the way, he did not mention space entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Richard Branson by name.
His comment comes right before William presents the first million euro Earthshot environmental awards on Sunday to five people who have made a significant contribution to solving environmental problems. He‘s been concerned about the environment for a long time.
Shatner thinks William has a narrow-minded vision of developments. “It’s not about saying, “Look at me, I‘m in space.” This is a first step in getting industries into space so that all that pollution goes away from the Earth.”
“That’s what you need someone like Jeff Bezos who says, “Let‘s go into space,” Shatner continued. “The prince doesn’t understand. It starts with little steps like this. They send me up stairs to show that it‘s practically possible.”
90-year-old Shatner, who became the oldest person in space with his short space journey, said the flight had made a deep impression on him. “It feels magical, like you’re holding your child for the first time. You feel overwhelmed by the responsibility and the need to take good care of it.”