Thursday, May 1, 2014

NASA honours original Captain Kirk

Canadian William Shatner, best known as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the classic sci-fi TV series Star Trek, received a distinguished public service medal earlier this week from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Shatner was presented with the space agency's highest civilian honour at his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which raises money for children in need.

He was recognized "for outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering support for NASA and its missions of discovery," NASA said.

"William has been so generous with his time and energy in encouraging students to study science and math, and for inspiring generations of explorers, including many of the astronauts and engineers who are a part of NASA today," NASA spokesman David Weaver said on stage at Shatner's event. "He's most deserving of this prestigious award."

The venerable actor has had a longstanding relationship with NASA and its programs, stretching back to when the original Star Trek aired in the 1960s. In the last three years, Shatner has voiced the introductions to, and hosted, a series of NASA video productions.

Shatner was deeply moved by the honour and tweeted his appreciation thusly:

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