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NASA awards service medal to Captain Kirk

Posted on Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 | Comment icon 27 comments

NASA's Bob Jacobs presents Shatner with the award. Image Credit: NASA
Star Trek's William Shatner has been honored with the space agency's Distinguished Public Service medal.
Having spent almost 50 years boldly going where no man has gone before, the legendary actor has been officially recognized this week 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".

"William Shatner 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," said NASA's David Weaver.

In addition to his role as Star Trek's most famous captain, the actor and director is an established author with over 50 books to his name and is also well known for his efforts to raise money for a variety of children's charities.

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Comment icon #18 Posted by JVG on 29 April, 2014, 20:48
To infinity and beyond.................. Warp factor 6 Mr. Sulu.
Comment icon #19 Posted by coolguy on 30 April, 2014, 3:47
Congrats capt Kirk ..ok I know this here is a question for u guys what does the T stand for in capt kirks middle name
Comment icon #20 Posted by Realm on 30 April, 2014, 7:58
Comment icon #21 Posted by highdesert50 on 30 April, 2014, 8:09
While it might be easy to cast aspersions upon his showmanship, Shatner, and Star Trek, embraced the then present mindset of the importance of people exploring and moving outward. We had put people on the moon, another world. It was about the person not a robotic extension.
Comment icon #22 Posted by skookum on 30 April, 2014, 8:45
I like William Shatner but surprisingly he wasn't very liked on the Star Trek set. I bet a few of the cast won't be happy with this.
Comment icon #23 Posted by McNessy on 30 April, 2014, 8:54
Its not the Captains job to be liked....
Comment icon #24 Posted by taniwha on 30 April, 2014, 8:58
Spock: "Kirk...I am your father...." Kirk: "NOOOooooooooooooo"
Comment icon #25 Posted by Junior Chubb on 30 April, 2014, 11:44
Warp factor 6 Mr. Sulu. Warp 9 Mr Zulu -
Comment icon #26 Posted by JVG on 30 April, 2014, 12:50
Uhura.....Open all hailing frequencies.
Comment icon #27 Posted by atomk12 on 13 May, 2014, 17:04
This sort of pays back the new Star Trek franchise for not putting Shatner in the new movies. But after watching these new movies, I believe they did him a large favor. mwahahahaha

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