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Shatner Reacts to Seeing the Final Frontier

10/25/21

John Stonestreet

Kasey Leander

There’s something poetic about sending the famous Captain Kirk from Star Trek to space, for real, and his emotional response after touching back down was priceless. As he told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, “I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can maintain what I feel now… I don’t want to lose it.” 

Here’s a 90-year-old in childlike wonder, experiencing that almost spiritual part of space travel reflected by many astronauts throughout history. Often called the “overview effect,” space tends to raise deep longings for significance. 

Pioneers of travel by plane probably thought that it could never bore anyone. But, it does, like anything that becomes normal.  Maybe it’s because the only thing that can permanently ground our sense of wonder is God Himself, who put eternity in human hearts and placed us in an incredibly created universe that ultimately points us to Himself. The only thing BIG enough to sustain our wonder.

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