Prince William told the BBC: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.
“I think that ultimately is what sold it for me - that really is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.”
“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet”
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While the Duke of Cambridge believes space tourism is the problem, Shatner on the other hand thinks space travel could provide our planet with some answers, and shared this opinion in response.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Shatner said of Prince William: “He’s a lovely Englishman. He’s going to be king of England one day.
“He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea.”
Shatner continued: “The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space.’
“I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting industry up there, so that [we can get] all those polluting industries, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity... off of Earth.”
The actor best known for playing Captain Kirk on Star Trek then provided an example.
“We’ve got all the technology, the rockets, to send the things up there... You can build a base 250, 280 miles above the Earth and send that power down here, and they catch it, and they then use it, and it’s there,” he continued. “All it needs is... somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], ‘Let’s go up there.’”
“The prince is missing the point,” the 90-year-old explained. “The point is these are the baby steps to show people [that] it’s very practical. You can send somebody like me up into space.”