Iconic actor William Shatner tweeted to NASA on Saturday, and received an update on the status of the International Space Station.
Back in April, NASA honored Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians, the Distinguished Public Service medal. The medal cited Shatner 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.”
Best known for his role as Captain James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series, Shatner has been somewhat of an informal spokesman for NASA over the past few years, issuing a Star Trek-themed wake-up call to the astronauts of the Discovery mission STS-133 in 2011. In 2012, the actor recorded a message for the occupants of the International Space Station, and also narrated a video regarding NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover:
Here is the Twitter exchange from Saturday:
How is @NASA doing today?
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 2, 2014
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2014
@NASA Very good news!
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 3, 2014
Shatner, an avid Twitter user, has contacted NASA before via the platform, and in 2013 traded tweets with astronaut Chris Hadfield, Canada’s first space station commander:
@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013
Shatner, 83, was recently in the news for panning a new Facebook app called "Mentions," which is geared toward celebrities, and tracks how many times their names are mentioned in social media.
Shatner's assessment of "Mentions":
“I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app for 'celebrities'. It seems to be ill conceived. I will probably use it to post to my Facebook when I’m on my phone but it doesn’t allow for mail or groups. I will continue to use my regular Facebook App as well as the Pages app.”
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