Captain Kirk Hails the Space Station

by Nancy Atkinson on February 7, 2013

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Ah, the nerdy joys of living in the 21st century! Chris Hadfield, an astronaut on board the International Space Station and William Shatner, who portrayed someone in space, were able to talk to each other live. After Captain Kirk opened hailing frequencies, Hadfield replied — using some Star Trek sound effects. Needless to say, when science fiction and reality collide like this, it is an epic day in nerdom.

Screenshot from the Canadian Space Agency's live UStream webcast of the Hadfield/Shatner event.

Screenshot from the Canadian Space Agency's live UStream webcast of the Hadfield/Shatner event.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Deepsky_hunter February 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

“Condition green Kirk out”

Mike Petersen February 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

There’s Spock…scratching his head. There’s Scotty, in objvious pain, because Kirk’s head is stuffed…where the sun don’t shine on Scotty. And Kirk is yelling, “Spock! I said beam me up COMMA Scotty!!!”

Al February 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Ah, the nerdy joys of living in the 21st century! Chris Hadfield, an astronaut on board the International Space Station and William Shatner, who portrayed a someone in space, were able to talk to each other live. After Captain Kirk opened hailing frequencies, Hadfield replied using some Star Trek sound effects. Needless to say, when science fiction and reality collide like this, it is an epic day in nerdom.

Victorinox February 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I think the best part of this is seeing how much Chris Hadfield enjoys the whole scifi/Star Trek thing. From the sound effects, to the references used, (not only this time, but also on twitter) it just makes me happy that “one of us geeks” is up there :-)

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