William Shatner Gets NASA Medal Honor

By: Mike Tuttle - May 1, 2014

Actor William Shatner has received NASA’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service medal.

Shatner’s award came as a result of several projects he has worked on with NASA over the years. Shatner hosted the NASA documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of space shuttle missions. He also recreated his famous Star Trek television introduction (“Space … the Final Frontier …”) in one of the last wake-up calls for the astronauts of the STS-133 mission.

“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.”

The medal was presented to Shatner 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.”

Over the years, many people have been honored with the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the public version of the Distinguished Service Medal reserved for astronauts. These include Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2004; Carl Sagan in 1977; and Shatner’s old boss, Gene Roddenberry, in 1993.

Shatner, a prolific Twitter user, responded to the honor on his account.

Image via NASA

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  • Scott

    Not to take anything away from Mr. Shatner, but if NASA was going to honor a Star Trek crew member for supporting and inspiring people in the Space Program, shouldn’t it have been Nichelle Nichols?? I mean, she was responsible for helping to integrate minorities into the astronaut corps and recruiting many men and women who later went into space during the shuttle program. In addition, many people like Dr. Mae Jemison, astronaut and now the leader of the Enterprise 100 Year Project which is attempting to make interstellar travel a reality within 100 years, were inspired by “Lt. Uhura” to pursue their dreams of space exploration. http://www.startalkradio.net/how-nichelle-nichols-changed-the-face-of-nasa/

  • Xavier Nihilo

    all well and good but call it something other than a MOH