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William Shatner Wakes Up Crew for Final Discovery Mission

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the discovery-cancelled dept.

NASA 185

The Space Shuttle Discovery left the International Space Station this morning for the last time. To commemorate the ship's accomplishments over 27 years of service, the crew was greeted to a morning wake-up message from Capt. Kirk. "Space, the final frontier," Shatner said in a prerecorded message. "These have been the voyages of the space shuttle Discovery. Her 30-year mission: to seek out new science, to build new outposts, to bring nations together on the final frontier, to boldly go and do what no spacecraft has done before."

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WoW (3, Insightful)

dakkon1024 (691790) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409100)

This is nerdy, even by my standards.

Re:WoW (5, Insightful)

Higaran (835598) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409216)

Yes, but it's still awesome on soo many levels.

Re:WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409320)

oh too true

Was played on my drive in (3, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409488)

and it was simply awesome. Obviously anyone listening to most news radio shows on their drive will have heard it. I wonder how much the current generation connects to those words? I know that some will equate it with Star Trek but I wonder how many have seen it. I was further amazed at how much his voice did not seem to have changed.

Re:Was played on my drive in (4, Funny)

v1 (525388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410038)

if I got a wakeup call and wasn't quite firing on all cylinders just yet I'd be hard pressed to figure out if I was hearing Kirk or someone trying to book me a flight with pricewatch

Re:WoW (3, Interesting)

vxice (1690200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410232)

"Shatner said in a prerecorded message." Historic event, he almost considered waking up for it.

Re:WoW (1, Funny)

FlapHappy (937803) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409500)

World of Warcraft is kind of nerdy.

Re:WoW (1)

dakkon1024 (691790) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410044)

I only played for 3 years. I'm straight thug I tell you.

Re:WoW (4, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409572)

But, it's so appropriate. Ask a lot of the Astronauts and Engineers at NASA what inspired them as children to work for NASA and in space and you will get a pretty good percentage of people citing how they, as kids, sat around a tiny television set in the late 60s or early 70s watching Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Mr. Spock explore the galaxy.

I can't think of a better or more appropriate way to send off the Discovery as it goes home. (There is a little bit of me in the back of my head that wished that the Space Shuttle Enterprise made it to space - then Shatner's sendoff would be even more appropriate.)

Re:WoW (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409674)

Being geeked by this is an indicator of one's nerdiness. I wonder what the non-American crew thought of it.

Re:WoW (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409866)

Being geeked by this is an indicator of one's nerdiness. I wonder what the non-American crew thought of it.

At this point, I'm betting even the non-American crew is aware of Star Trek.

It's been around for almost 45 years at this point.

Re:WoW (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410274)

So has anime, but if I'm on the ISS and the theme from Astro Boy comes out of the speakers, I'm unlikely to recognize its cultural significance.

Re:WoW (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410310)

So has anime, but if I'm on the ISS and the theme from Astro Boy comes out of the speakers, I'm unlikely to recognize its cultural significance.

Great, now I've got that song stuck in my head ... "he is brave, and mighty, and wise ...".

Re:WoW (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410430)

To make up for it I shall hum the theme from underdog while I walk to the bathroom.

Re:WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410024)

More than likely, they thought exactly the same sorts of things as the American crew.

Re:WoW (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410476)

Too much World of Warcraft (WoW) for you. :)

Damnit Jim (5, Funny)

nharmon (97591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409118)

You should have just grabbed the microphone and yelled...

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

Re:Damnit Jim (2)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409622)

Hello Discovery, it's ... ... timetogetup.

Re:Damnit Jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410032)

http://www.khaaan.com/

Re:Damnit Jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410550)

Well, at least he refrained from performing his rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"...

Final frontier (1, Funny)

BSAtHome (455370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409150)

He is dead Jim.

Re:Final frontier (1)

BarefootClown (267581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410542)

"I'm dead, Jim."

Pretty Ironic.... (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409170)

Considering politicians are trying to kill the space program.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409198)

Good.

When everyone in the US has a roof over his head, then the space programme can be restarted.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409310)

Good.
When everyone in the US has a roof over his head, then the space programme can be restarted.

Roofs are being outsourced to countries that can afford them... The war on terror is costing a little more than we thought. Everyone's gotta cut back for the greater good you know?

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409492)

a little ? how 'bout $1000000000000 or about $300000 per American since 2001.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409596)

correction : $3000 per American

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410082)

My question is: how much did NASA pay William Shatner to record the message?

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410118)

Eh. What's an order of magnitude or two between friends.

$3,000 for ten years, huh? Hell, most people pay more than that for basic cable. You're just complaining 'cos you don't like the show.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (2)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409604)

a little ? how 'bout $1000000000000 or about $300000 per American since 2001.

You make it sound way worse than it really is. The credit card bill isn't due until 2012.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (2)

Asten (674521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409326)

Of course, shutting down the space program is going to result in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs across the country. the ROI on dollars invested in space is pretty good, I bet.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (2)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409454)

See, now you're letting reality ruin that perfectly good angsty self-righteous rhetorical bullshit. How else is this guy going to get his bleeding heart pumping without a convenient scapegoat?

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

Asten (674521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409672)

Aw, my bad. ;)

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409910)

As argument go, "RoI" is about as meaningful and logical as "grace of God". Reagan has managed to herald a world in which technocrats are more religious than theocrats.

What matters is: which option reduces suffering?

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409328)

Lol, and then when all of those retards that can't take care of themselves pop out 10 kids a piece, and they all need a roof too... right? I guess we'll just cancel the shuttle program again, eh?

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (3, Insightful)

GigG (887839) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409430)

It isn't the job of the US Government to put a roof over anyone's head.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (2)

trollertron3000 (1940942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409478)

But it is in their best interest. The people are government. If you have a lot of people without roofs you have a lot of angry people not doing their part to move the country forward. Eventually they come and burn down your roof to make the point sink home.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410314)

The people are government.

These times are gone for many decades now.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409692)

It's the governments job to fondle your privates in a public place, and to arrest you if you try the same thing.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409486)

Perhaps if you guys stopped building such stupidly over-sized houses, maybe there'd be less waste, less lost energy due to heat, less resources spent in getting around, less resources spent building, less resources used to transport waste and water, and so on.

"Everything is bigger in America".
I always found that phrase a terrible thing to be proud of.
Bigger is not always better, in most cases, it is worse.

Also, a pre-laugh of sorts at the up and coming penis joke in these comments.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (1)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409620)

> When everyone in the US has a roof over his head, then the space programme can be restarted.

We have enough roofs for everyone, we just value our personal space a lot. How many people could live in the houses of slashdotters alone without straining the physical location's ability to support them?

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (3, Insightful)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410166)

This is quite possibly one of the dumbest statements ever. "Hey Columbus, no more boats for you until every king's subject is a free man...."

Exploring space is worth FAR more then wasting money on people who should either do for themsleves or die out. Exploring space > wasting money on a worthless human that cant even take care of itself. We have BILLIONS of humans and we recklessesly encourage EVERY human to make more.

Consider space exploration the mother of all insurance policies. It is absolutely imperative that we learn how to live off this rock for the survival of the species. There is no debate on this. At SOME point we HAVE to get off this rock. Armageddon literally could be tomorrow or several billion years from now.

Re:Pretty Ironic.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410472)

wasting money on people who should either do for themsleves or die out.

People like... NASA workers?

You're just another standard issue angry little fascist.

Like all statists, you demand redistribution of wealth at the point of a gun to further only your interests (and curse anyone else who has the cheek to demand money!).

Unlike the welfare statist, you redistribute to the strong rather than the weak. You were born better... tomorrow belongs to you! Right?

Wow (4, Insightful)

Lefty2446 (232351) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409176)

That would have been a pretty emotional moment I would think.

Re:Wow (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409352)

That would have been a pretty emotional moment I would think.

I wonder if they all screamed KIIIIIIIRK! for waking them up

Mount olympus of geekdom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409202)

I just came. Just for the geekness.
Gosh. I am jealous.

  Epic win.

Have you noticed... (4, Insightful)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409212)

That William Shatner has, for more than the last decade, made an entire career out of being a parody of himself?

I think it started with those Priceline commercials where he was singing "I've got two tickets to paradise..", and since then, all he's done is essentially do an SNL skit where William Shatner plays William Shatner hamming it up.

And only he could get away with it.

Re:Have you noticed... (4, Funny)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409290)

I love Shatner in Boston Legal, hate him in Shit my dad says, that last show sucks gallons of ass :(

Re:Have you noticed... (2)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409446)

Somehow I always thought ass was measured by weight, not by volume. I learned something new today!

Re:Have you noticed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409784)

Perhaps because high-density ass is often preferable to high-volume ass?

Re:Have you noticed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409634)

Then you have no taste. Boston, like all the cop/lawyer/hospital drama, sucks ASS. $h*! My Dad Says is funny as hell.

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

Kosi (589267) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410496)

He has taste, and a good one. BL is made by David E. Kelly, who also created "Picket Fences" and "Ally McBeal", IIRC. They all are society satires disguised as dramas.

Because I can hardly stand TOS and James T. Kirk anymore, I was very suspicious when a friend advertised BL to me. But I had to admit that Shatner is brilliant in the Danny Crane role!

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

Xeleema (453073) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409652)

show sucks gallons of ass

Don't let Tosh2.0 find out they're ripping-off his schtick. It took him three whole shows just to suck a metric litre of ass and hold it without coughing.

Re:Have you noticed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410536)

I watched Boston Legal nine times before I realized it wasn't a new Star Trek.

Boston Legal (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409364)

Have you seen Boston Legal?

He was anything BUT Captain Kirk and I have to say, some of his finest work on TV or movies.

Re:Boston Legal (2)

VMSBIGOT (933292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410338)

Bad example. His clamshell cell phone made the communicator chirp when he opens it, and in a later episode he tells people he used to captain a spaceship:

Denny Crane: [walking through a crowd of reporters] dennycranelaw.com. Pictures, bios, hobbies. I once captained my own spaceship. Muli-talented.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0402711/quotes?qt0401847 [imdb.com]

I also seem to remember a few quips about his 'other' job, hinting at his work for Priceline. I always got the impression that he was spoofing himself as a running gag throughout the show.

Re:Have you noticed... (2)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409380)

And only he could get away with it.
Well, to be fair there's also Hasselhoff.

Oh wait, parody is not the same as mockery.

Re:Have you noticed... (5, Insightful)

preaction (1526109) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409402)

Adam West started doing it earlier. So it's a shouting match you want, eh? Well game on Quahog! AAAAAH! AAAAAH! AAAAH! AAAH AH! I'm beating you!

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409420)

The last decade? Let's go with "more than quarter-century". He was in on the joke, seemingly, before anyone else was: Shatner does Rocket-Man, spoken-word [youtube.com] .

My favorite part about that is how the audience doesn't quite seem to get it.

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409436)

That William Shatner has, for more than the last decade, made an entire career out of being a parody of himself?

I think it started with those Priceline commercials where he was singing "I've got two tickets to paradise..", and since then, all he's done is essentially do an SNL skit where William Shatner plays William Shatner hamming it up.

And only he could get away with it.

Yeah, I was just thinking about that. Except when it came across my mind, it was Adam West. As in the term, "Adam Westing", as it's come to be known in some circles. And how he was doing it while Shatner was still acting like an ass to his former castmates.

Not that I'm complaining; Shatner really needed to get over himself and stop taking himself so seriously, of course.

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409698)

I dunno, Charlie Sheen is doing a pretty fucking good job of getting away with it as well...

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410022)

I dunno, Charlie Sheen is doing a pretty fucking good job of getting away with it as well...

Well, Shatner knows he's poking fun at himself.

I don't get the impression that Charlie Sheen is actually dialed into the fact that he is, or definitely appears to be, somewhat unhinged of late.

He really seems to have some mental health issues going on at the moment. Or, he's got a remarkably strange strategy to get himself his next gig.

Re:Have you noticed... (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410210)

The difference being that Charlie Sheen is actually crazy. Like Tom Cruise, except without the Messiah complex.

Re:Have you noticed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409868)

That William Shatner has, for more than the last decade, made an entire career out of being a parody of himself?

TJ Hooker?

Re:Have you noticed... (2)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410278)

SNL skit where William Shatner plays William Shatner hamming it up

That reminds me of the SNL skit where Eddie Murphy teaches Stevie Wonder to do a Stevie Wonder impression... Can't get to the YouTube link from here, but here's an excerpt from the skit transcript [jt.org] :

  • Richie (Murphy): That’s the worst Stevie Wonder impression I’ve ever seen in my life.
  • Alan (Wonder): [grinning] What’s the matter with it?
  • [The crowd roars with laughter as Stevie grins at Eddie, who breaks down and laughs helplessly for several seconds along with the audience.]
  • Alan: I can funk! I can funk! I can funk...
  • Richie: Yeah, yeah, but this, what’s you’re doing is ridiculous. It’s nothing like, I know Stevie Wonder, man, and he’s like, you have to mellow out, you see, you’re too tense. Loosen up. You have to see me do a Stevie Wonder impression...
  • [Eddie Murphy takes a pair of sunglasses out of his breast pocket. Crowd roars as Eddie puts them on.]
  • Richie: You gotta smile a lot, like this, you see, you gotta smile. [grins]
  • Alan: [grins with his mouth wide open] You mean like this?

How he said it ... (3, Funny)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409224)

Oblg. ;-)

"These have been ... the voyages ... of the space shuttle ... Discovery.
Her 30-year mission: ... to seek out .. new science, ... to build new ... outposts, ... to bring nations together ... on the final frontier, ... to boldly go ... and do what ... no spacecraft ... has done before."

Still splitting the infinitive ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409262)

It should be "to go boldly" not "to boldly go".

Re:Still splitting the infinitive ... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409750)

If you wish to reach the infinitive, you must first reach halfway to it.

Splitting the infinitive is fine... (2)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409758)

The rule about splitting infinitives is a prescriptivist grammarian trope. In other words, it's fine as a recommendation, but it isn't really a rule: a bunch of people invented it as a heuristic a hundred years ago and since then grammar nazis have used it. "To boldly go" actually sounds slightly better to my ear because it is two iambs in a row.

If it's clear from the sentence that it is an infinitive, it doesn't sound awkward, and it is clear that the modifiers modify what you intend them to, it doesn't matter that you don't follow the heuristic. It's not something like spelling "all right" "alright," where anyone well-educated on language will know right away that it's wrong.

Re:Splitting the infinitive is fine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409844)

Thats what she said!!!

So nerdy it is awesome (5, Interesting)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409302)

Just think of how motivated you would be to go to work in the morning if Shatner gave you a wake up call like this:

"Work, the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of , to boldy go where no computer programmer has gone before. To seek out new code that would shatter new civilizations."

Re:So nerdy it is awesome (2)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410236)

It would be cool on Monday. By Wednesday, I'd be reaching for my phaser.

Re:So nerdy it is awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410380)

I would refuse to work any day I had to wake up to that fat old retard - Stargate SG-1 is so much better than Startrek TOS - hell any scene from Startrek TNG blows Shatner's entire fat stuttering career out of the water.

Time, to wake up, and, to, go, where no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409316)

...shuttle crew, has, gone before.

We Need Audio! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35409356)

C'mon folks, doesn't anyone have a link to the actual audio?

Re:We Need Audio! (3, Informative)

Sven-Erik (177541) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409444)

It's on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAtelevision [youtube.com]

What a pity it wasn't Enterprise (4, Insightful)

thewils (463314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409372)

Then he could have woken them up with "Kirk to Enterprise".

Re:What a pity it wasn't Enterprise (1)

Shimbo (100005) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409592)

Then he could have woken them up with "Kirk to Enterprise".

...get your clothes back on.

Re:What a pity it wasn't Enterprise (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410332)

...beam down Yeoman Rand and a six-pack.

He also asked the crew of the Discovery... (1)

danger42 (302987) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409508)

Have you ever kissed a girl?

Re:He also asked the crew of the Discovery... (1)

mahiskali (1410019) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409668)

Have you ever kissed a girl?

...and all of /. waits with bated breath for Nicole Stott's [nasa.gov] answer.

Re:He also asked the crew of the Discovery... (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409906)

I'm waiting with baited something.

Re:He also asked the crew of the Discovery... (2)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410034)

Yeah, astronauts are notorious for having a hard time finding dates.

Actually, at least 5 of the 6 crew are married.

Re:He also asked the crew of the Discovery... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410434)

I think the OP is referring to a SNL skit that Shatner did a few years back...

MyLongNickName

Re:He also asked the crew of the Discovery... (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410470)

Wasn't marriage almost a pre-requisite for being an astronaut on the Mercury program?

A has-been celebrates an ending. Sad. (-1, Troll)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409646)

This is sad. A has-been celebrates the end of a major American presence in space.

But it's inevitable. Unless we get past chemical rockets, space flight isn't going to get cheaper.

Re:A has-been celebrates an ending. Sad. (2)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409824)

You may call him a has been, but how many current astronauts were inspired by shows like Star Trek? You could also call James Doohan a has-been actor, but that man inspired so many people, such as myself, to go in to engineering. RIP Scotty.

Re:A has-been celebrates an ending. Sad. (1)

Darth (29071) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410174)

well, technically Doohan is a has-been considering he's dead. That shouldn't take anything away from the quality of work he did when he was alive or the impact it had on anyone's life.

On topic though, I don't get why it would be a problem that a person who played an iconic character in popular culture that relates to space exploration did this. It would certainly make less sense for someone who is currently popular but has no relationship to the subject matter to have been selected.

And by the way, have we peaked ? (1)

boorack (1345877) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409974)

Space shuttle is propably the most complicated piece of technology ever developed. Over one million moving parts. It was created 30 years ago. Sometimes I think that in many fields technology has peaked back then ...

Re:And by the way, have we peaked ? (1)

rbollinger (1922546) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410134)

True irony would be if the above post was made from a mobile device.

The Shat is the Sh1t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35410194)

Gotta love the guy.

wrong sci-fi quote (2)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410408)

Shatner should've woken them up by yelling "There's a man on the wing of this space craft!"

Or how about HAL "If you'd like to hear it.... (3, Interesting)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410436)

HAL:...I can sing
Dave Bowman: Yes, I'd like to hear it, HAL. Sing it for me.
HAL: It's called "Daisy."

"Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you......"
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