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.

Space Station

Captain Kirk Hails the Space Station

7 Feb , 2013 by

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.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.



4 Responses

  1. “Condition green Kirk out”

  2. Mike Petersen says:

    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!!!”

  3. Al says:

    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.

  4. Victorinox says:

    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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