Actor William Shatner has soared aboard a Blue Origin rocketship on a suborbital trip and landed in the Texas desert to become at age 90 the oldest person ever in space – an experience he called profound – as US billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos’s company carried out its second tourist flight.

Shatner was one of four passengers to journey for roughly 10 minutes to the edge of space aboard the white fully autonomous 18.3 metres-tall New Shepard spacecraft, which took off from Blue Origin’s launch site about 30km outside the rural west Texas town of Van Horn.

The crew capsule returned to the Texas desert under parachutes, raising a cloud of dust.

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