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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-28-2014 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show held Saturday (April 26), William Shatner was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor that the space agency bestows upon non-government personnel.
Words cannot express my thoughts on being recognized by NASA. I'm doubly blessed to have shared the moment with my family and friends.
Bob Jacobs, NASA deputy associate administrator in the office of communications, presented Shatner with the award.
Honored tonight to award William Shatner the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal!

In addition to his role as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, Shatner has in recent years lent his voice to NASA's outreach efforts, including narrating the agency's "The Space Shuttle" documentary.

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posted 04-28-2014 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm waiting for Shatner's induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame for his superb work on Lucy in the Sky.

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posted 04-28-2014 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another Canadian contribution to manned spaceflight! His conversation with Chris Hadfield during Hadfield's expedition was just terrific.

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posted 04-29-2014 02:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

After nearly 50 years of warping across galaxies and saving the universe from a variety of alien threats and celestial disasters, Star Trek's William Shatner finally went where no other member of Starfleet has gone before.

This weekend (April 26-27), the acclaimed actor and director was honored with NASA's Distinguished Public Service medal, the highest award bestowed by the agency to non-government personnel.

The honor was presented to Shatner Saturday evening in Los Angeles at his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, where he raises money for a variety of children's causes. The citation for the medal reads, "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 David Weaver, NASA's associate administrator for the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "He's most deserving of this prestigious award."

A life-long advocate of science and space exploration, Shatner gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, commander of the starship USS Enterprise in NBC's science fiction television series "Star Trek" from 1966 to 1969. It was a role he would reprise in an animated version of the series in 1973, seven major films from 1979 to 1994, and more recent "Star Trek" video games.

Shatner's relationship with NASA dates back to the original series, with references to the space agency and its programs that were incorporated into storylines throughout the television and film franchises. In 1979, when NASA was ready to introduce a reusable spacecraft as the successor to the Apollo program, a new space shuttle prototype, originally to be named Constitution, was dubbed Enterprise in honor of the Star Trek universe and the work of Shatner and his series co-stars.

More recently, Shatner donated his time and vocal talent to host the NASA documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of space shuttle missions. To honor the final flight of shuttle Discovery in 2011, he agreed to recreate his famous Star Trek television introduction in one of the last wake-up calls for the astronauts of the STS-133 mission.

In 2012, he hosted a video presentation previewing the dramatic mission of the Mars rover Curiosity and voiced his support for NASA spinoff technologies that come as a result of investments in science, technology and exploration.

Other past recipients of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory director and Voyager project scientist Edward Stone, theoretical physicist and astronomer Lyman Spitzer, and science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. The award is presented to those who "… have personally made a contribution representing substantial progress to the NASA mission. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate."

Besides his acting and directing talents, Shatner is a prolific author, having taken the reins for nearly 50 books, and is an accomplished horse rider and breeder.

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In 1979, when NASA was ready to introduce a reusable spacecraft as the successor to the Apollo program, a new space shuttle prototype, originally to be named Constitution, was dubbed Enterprise in honor of the Star Trek universe and the work of Shatner and his series co-stars.
I think they have that date wrong. ALT was in 1977, rollout was in 1976.

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Yes, you are correct. Rollout of "Enterprise" was September 17, 1976.

In a popular photo of the event including the cast of the original Star Trek and series creator Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner is the only one not present. Too bad.

Congratulations to Captain Kirk on the award.

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