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NASA awards service medal to Captain Kirk

April 29, 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.

Source: NASA.gov | Comments (27)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #18 Posted by JVG 8 years ago
To infinity and beyond.................. Warp factor 6 Mr. Sulu.
Comment icon #19 Posted by coolguy 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
Tiberius
Comment icon #21 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
Its not the Captains job to be liked....
Comment icon #24 Posted by taniwha 8 years ago
Spock: "Kirk...I am your father...." Kirk: "NOOOooooooooooooo"
Comment icon #25 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
Warp factor 6 Mr. Sulu. Warp 9 Mr Zulu -
Comment icon #26 Posted by JVG 8 years ago
Uhura.....Open all hailing frequencies.
Comment icon #27 Posted by atomk12 8 years ago
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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