Blue Origin’s first flight crew, that included Jeff Bezos and Wally Funk, sent their messages to actor William Shatner and his crew ahead of their spaceflight.
Their messages, that were relayed by the mission control room were as follows:
From Wally Funk:
“I hope this flight will be the most fantastic experience of your life as it was mine. Take time to enjoy every aspect of this journey from liftoff to touchdown. … Together, let’s cross new boundaries and set new records. I will be watching your liftoff with great enthusiasm and sending my best wishes. Godspeed, Audrey, Bill, Glen and Chris. Much love, Wally.”
From Mark Bezos:
“You lucky bastards. It was only 10 weeks ago I was sitting where you are watching the countdown clock full of anticipation and excitement, eager to feel the rumble of liftoff and the majesty of weightlessness. The depth of my desire to fly again is hard to express. So allow me to quote from the classic of the great American song book “Mr. Spaceman,” with lyrics by William Shatner.
“Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won’t you please take me along. I won’t do anything wrong. Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won’t you please take me along for a ride? Godspeed ‘New Shepard,’ I can’t wait to hear your stories. Mark.”
From Oliver Daemen:
“Dear NS-18 travelers, you have probably been playing this moment over and over in thoughts, and also quite often in real life in the case of Mr. Shatner. But now the moment is there — the moment you’re really going to space, and I can assure you it will be better than your best imagination. No day passes by that we don’t look back on this journey without having a smile from ear to ear. Have a safe flight and enjoy. Greetings from your youngest predecessor, Oliver Daeman.”