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NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the set-phasers-to-stunned dept.

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Red Orbit reports that 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 was honored with NASA's Distinguished Public Service medal, the highest award bestowed by the agency to non-government personnel. '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.' 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.'"

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First Contact (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46862857)

First Contact

Re:First Contact (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46862919)

Stay in skool, young lad, and you too could have sex with green skin hotties someday.

Re:First Contact (3, Funny)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | about 7 months ago | (#46863031)

Gorn chicks are hotter.

And scalier.

Re:First Contact (3, Funny)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 7 months ago | (#46863233)

Gorn chicks are hotter.

That kinda depends on whether it's sunny or not.

Re:First Contact (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46865681)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Re:First Contact (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 7 months ago | (#46865863)

...until Sanchez has to go into the game...

Re:First Contact (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 7 months ago | (#46863947)

Gotta wait till 2024.

But... (2)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | about 7 months ago | (#46862861)

Ive been pretending to have sex with green women for years! WHERES MY MEDAL NASA?!

Re:But... (3, Informative)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 7 months ago | (#46863685)

The reason why has to do with not what you said, but how you said it. Here, I'll help:

I've been. pretending, to have - SEX - with... green women! For Years!

...and that's why Shatner got one and you didn't.

Re:But... (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 7 months ago | (#46865375)

The reason why has to do with not what you said, but how you said it. Here, I'll help:

I've been. pretending, to have - SEX - with... green women! For Years!

...and that's why Shatner got one and you didn't.

You forgot the finish:

KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!

There. You're welcome.

Re:But... (2)

davester666 (731373) | about 7 months ago | (#46865865)

um, isn't it

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

?

and here's a bunch of extra text that is even less funny than the previous text

Re:But... (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 7 months ago | (#46867201)

um, isn't it

KHAAAA...AAAN

Whoops, you're right.

I forgot the tags too.

Re:But... (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 7 months ago | (#46867241)

Damn, hit send too soon. I meant to say: I forgot the <orgasm> tags too.

Re:But... (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#46864131)

You need to take your shirt off as well.

Re:But... (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 7 months ago | (#46864277)

No, your shirt needs to be partially torn off, in hand to hand combat.

Re:But... (1)

zugmeister (1050414) | about 7 months ago | (#46864569)

Are we talking hand to hand combat with a gorn or a vulcan?

Denny Crane. (0)

DittoBox (978894) | about 7 months ago | (#46862871)

Denny Crane.

I'm kookoo for Cocoa Puffs.

INteresting (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46862873)

"“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, "

I listen to a lot of science podcast, shows, help with engineering programs and I have never heard his name in anything but an ST reference.

Re:INteresting (4, Informative)

mythosaz (572040) | about 7 months ago | (#46862905)

Star Trek has inspired countless people to explore science.

He wasn't Gene, but Shatner has pretty much always embraced his role in Trek.

Re:INteresting (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46862931)

Meh. Kids nowadays think everything is solved by an inverting the deflector array and emitting a tachyon pulse. It did more harm that good.

Re:INteresting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863089)

In my day, we had to reverse the polarity of the signaling array while jettisoning the warp core!

While walking uphill in holographic snow for zero net distance but 16 kilometers worth of grueling exercise!

Then the Vulcan chef gave us a pot with some kind of flesh-eating sunflower that we had to fight and kill ourselves for dinner, using nothing but a double-axis Andorian spork!

Re:INteresting (1)

Artifakt (700173) | about 7 months ago | (#46863193)

Yeah, well we had to reverse the polarity of the Neutron flow while hiding behind our couches.

Re:INteresting (4, Funny)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 7 months ago | (#46865399)

Pffft. Amateurs.

You do the following:

1. Climb into a Jefferies tube;
2. Run a level-two diagnostic;
3. Bypass the power-flow converters;
4. Realign the sensor array;
5. Do all of the above before the next commercial break, and then notify the Captain you're ready for Warp 9.

Now, the next time you walk into a meeting with a bunch of MBAs sitting at the table, staring at you and your STEM degree, hit them with the above.

Re:INteresting (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 7 months ago | (#46866023)

I'm glad something as stupid as a spork isn't an exclusively human invention...

Re:INteresting (2, Funny)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 7 months ago | (#46863093)

no no no you don't invert the deflector array, you modulate the plasma stream input to create a verteron pulse you insensitive clod!

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863197)

I don't think verteron pulses were invented during the original series.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863109)

Star Trek has inspired countless people to explore science.

Citation needed. What drove people into science before Star Trek?

Re:INteresting (4, Insightful)

JustOK (667959) | about 7 months ago | (#46863289)

War.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863537)

Good God y'all.
What is it good for?

Re:INteresting (1)

BancBoy (578080) | about 7 months ago | (#46864219)

Absolutely nothing.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864613)

Say it again!

Re:INteresting (1)

beheaderaswp (549877) | about 7 months ago | (#46865873)

War...

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46865961)

Huh ??

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863669)

No, war used science. No kid looked at war to inspire himself into science. War is just the fastest way to *drive* it. That's right, it's not space. (Ooops! Heresy!)

So, how about Six Million Dollar Man? Star Wars? How many people did that inspire? How about the Logan's Run TV show?

Re: INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863729)

Me? All of them. Born in 71, watching ST when I was 2, $6M man when I was 4; loved the Venus probe and alien Bigfoot episodes. Space 1999, Tom Baker Dr. Who. Logan's run, planet of the apes. 70's really was a good time for sci fi TV. Oh yeah, I'm an EE now.

Re: INteresting (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 7 months ago | (#46863859)

I was born in 69, so I got to watch most 70's sci-fi in second run at dollar theaters.

Double features of Logan's Run and Rollerball. Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green. ...ahhh, paradise :)

Re: INteresting (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46864539)

you where going to dollar theaters between the age of 1 and 10?
You where 3 when soylent green came out. You memory is playing tricks... which is normal for a man you age. :) Sadly, I am older.

Re: INteresting (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 7 months ago | (#46864871)

I saw them in reprisals at artsy dollar theaters - not first run.

Perhaps "second run" wasn't the perfect choice -- but I don't know a lot about how movie re-releases worked in the early 80's.

In the late 70's and VERY early 80's, summer movie passes for KIDS were the rage, parents would drop you off for 3 hours to see G-rated films and get the hell out of their hair. Of those, I still remember the sci-fi and sci-fi adjactent films. Escape to Witch Mountain -- heck, even The Cat from Outer Space.

Re: INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864099)

Is there a direct link from the TV shows to your career, or was your innate brain wiring what drew you to the TV shows? I mean come ON. I can't believe someone your age still believes the fairy tale bullshit about TV shows "inspiring" people towards science.

I mean, video games don't make people violent after all, right? Right?

Re:INteresting (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 7 months ago | (#46863725)

War.

Not really... WWII might have gave Werner Von Braun the street cred, but he was big into rocketry long, long before Hitler put him to work at building V-rockets.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864183)

Me? Doctor Who.. still does too!

Re:INteresting (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 7 months ago | (#46863709)

He wasn't Gene, but Shatner has pretty much always embraced his role in Trek.

Well, that and TJ Hooker really, really sucked.

Re:INteresting (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about 7 months ago | (#46864481)

He wasn't Gene, but Shatner has pretty much always embraced his role in Trek.

Well, that and TJ Hooker really, really sucked.

Barbary Coast too.

Re:INteresting (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46864521)

I see, it's because he was in Star Trek. I thought maybe he had done something else in the last 40 years.

And NO he certainly has not always embraced his role in Trek..

Re:INteresting (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about 7 months ago | (#46865973)

I thought it was to honour all the young Canadians he inspired to sci-fi greatness.

Without Shatner, no Space Teens [youtube.com]

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864677)

"Generous with his time"? I'm pretty sure Shatner was paid, and paid well - and if you count the way he's traded on the role ever since, paid repeatedly - for his appearance in Star Trek.

Re:INteresting (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 7 months ago | (#46864793)

but Shatner has pretty much always embraced his role in Trek.

I realize you italicized pretty much, but in one of his books, he talks about living out of the back of his truck in the 70s while doing not very good gigs.. IIRC dinner theater and such... being annoyed by Trek.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863045)

I listen to a lot of science podcast, shows, help with engineering programs and I have never heard his name in anything but an ST reference.

So? Isn't that enough? The original Star Trek inspired an entire generation to pursue STEM careers.

Re:INteresting (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863313)

I keep hearing this. I doubt it very much. I got interested in science by reading encyclopedias, taking radios apart, getting books on electronics. A TV show with a bunch of guys in polyester suits playing pretend didn't do anything to "inspire" me. It's a ridiculous notion and I realize it's part of the geek mythology now, but come on. It's horseshit.

I mean, inspire me about the science of what? Phasers? Warp drive? Technobabble? You might as well say watching soap operas inspired you to get a girlfriend. It's ludicrous. People will are drawn towards what has always interested them.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863515)

Flip-phones, NetTrek and bluetooth.

Re:INteresting (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 7 months ago | (#46863955)

Sure, "art reflects life", that's why it's "inspirational", "sad, "funny", or whatever other emotion you care to name. Also "getting a girlfriend" is a primary biological urge, where as "personal interests" are primarily learned behaviours.

Re:INteresting (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864633)

This. Shatner's performances on TOS were the prime motivator in inspiring me to treat women as commodities to be leered at before banging the shit out of.

Re:INteresting (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 7 months ago | (#46863625)

So a (court drama/western/gangster show/soap opera) set in space inspired people to pursue STEM careers?

So they didn't have to grow up and become shysters?

There were about 3 episodes of the original ST that were actually SF. 3 more then next generation.

Re: INteresting (1)

C10H14N2 (640033) | about 7 months ago | (#46864213)

I'm sure TNG inspired many to _not_ go into psychotherapy, so it has that going for it. Whether they chose STEM instead is a different story.

Re:INteresting (1, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | about 7 months ago | (#46864555)

Yes. Many people sight Star Trek as a driver for them going into STEM.
It's the imagination, setting, add possibilities that did it, not becasue Warp actual exists.
Whist ST is given WAY to much credit for devices that have come out, it was very inspiring for a generate of kids.

Yes, the only choice is STEM or shyster.

Re:INteresting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864733)

You should sight this: cite [reference.com] .

This .... is ... an HONOUR! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46862907)

First .... POST!

Re:This .... is ... an HONOUR! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863457)

First .... POST!

Epic fail.... Sorry..

Oh great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46862923)

Let's puff up the Big Giant Head even more.

Bad acting... (1)

avandesande (143899) | about 7 months ago | (#46862933)

makes us want to escape this planet!

Re:Bad acting... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863103)

Oh do come on. He boldly went were other no other actor went before... unfortunately.

Re:Bad acting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864023)

... after nearly 50 years of sitting and standing on sets and eating bagels and lox in the green room, Star Trek's William Shatner was honored with NASA's Distinguished Public Service medal

There, FTFThem. Shalom!

NASA PR - the part of NASA that works best (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | about 7 months ago | (#46862981)

NASA, doing what they do best - issuing press releases.

During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (4, Funny)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 7 months ago | (#46862993)

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN!

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863173)

More like ... "You KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN do it!"

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (1)

bi$hop (878253) | about 7 months ago | (#46863181)

And Bones, who was standing in the back, said "Dammit, Jim!"

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 7 months ago | (#46863283)

And Leonard Nimoy's response was only three words.

"WHAT THE FUCK!"

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863499)

Well, double dumb-ass on you!

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 7 months ago | (#46863503)

And Leonard Nimoy's response was only three words.

"Kill me already!"

No colorful metaphors for Spock..

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (1)

beheaderaswp (549877) | about 7 months ago | (#46865797)

"Kill me already!"

No colorful metaphors for Spock..

Fascinating.....

Re:During the medal ceremony, Shatner blurted out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864781)

Nimoy was William Bell, and after his character died, inhabited Anna Torv's body .. so in summary, your argument is invalid!

shatner well traveled has seen it all (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863219)

what's your take on this bill? http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=weather+manipulation+wmd extreme unclarity prevails as the land is rendered into rubble

"saving the universe"? When? (0)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 7 months ago | (#46863235)

I don't recall Kirk ever saving the universe. I could be mistaken, but I think saving the universe is a bit of a stretch for Kirk or any other character that Shatner has ever played.

Re:"saving the universe"? When? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863293)

I don't recall Kirk ever saving the universe. I could be mistaken, but I think saving the universe is a bit of a stretch for Kirk or any other character that Shatner has ever played.

Well he sure as hell saved the universe from being pattern stored in V'ger (Star Trek The Motion Picture). No humans, no federation of planets, no star trek. Kirk saved the universe in that instance and he should deserve recognition for it. It's a pity though he didn't get to bone the fantastically sexy deltan in the process. But hey, he can't have it all, after all.

Re:"saving the universe"? When? (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 7 months ago | (#46863383)

He also saved it from the deadly energy draining space amoebas in "The Immunity Syndrome".

Re:"saving the universe"? When? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864653)

> Well he sure as hell saved the universe from being pattern stored in V'ger (Star Trek The Motion Picture).

Ah yes, V'ger... always brings a smile to my face when people talk about "cloud storage." :)

Re:"saving the universe"? When? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46863441)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alternative_Factor

Re:"saving the universe"? When? (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 7 months ago | (#46865619)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alternative_Factor

Mod parent informative. If that's not saving the universe, what is?

Re:"saving the universe"? When? (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 7 months ago | (#46863531)

I don't recall Kirk ever saving the universe. I could be mistaken.....

Of course he did, One piece at a time.

OK, just the parts that mattered (and a few that didn't) then..

Get a life... (0)

MindPrison (864299) | about 7 months ago | (#46863459)

...I'm not a trekkie, but I can't forget when mr. Shatner told his fans to get a life http://www.myvideo.de/watch/12... [myvideo.de] ...yeah yeah...that's probably a humorous parody, but he really "killed" it for a lot of people back then. The no #1 rule of Hollywood is to always cherish your fans, never spit on them. He always told in interviews after that, that trekkies really don't have a life etc. You can find this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... [wikipedia.org]

Citation from Wikipedia: The much-discussed sketch accurately portrayed his feelings about Trekkies, which the actor had previously discussed in interviews.[26] Shatner had been their unwilling subject of adoration for decades; End Citation.

After that, even though I'm not a trekkie...I lost whatever little respect I had for the fat has-been actor of "Shit my Dad says" etc...

Re:Get a life... (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 7 months ago | (#46863653)

You don't generally piss where you eat.

But someone had to tell 'em.

Re:Get a life... (3, Insightful)

Princeofcups (150855) | about 7 months ago | (#46863695)

...I'm not a trekkie, but I can't forget when mr. Shatner told his fans to get a life http://www.myvideo.de/watch/12... [myvideo.de] ...yeah yeah...that's probably a humorous parody, but he really "killed" it for a lot of people back then. The no #1 rule of Hollywood is to always cherish your fans, never spit on them. He always told in interviews after that, that trekkies really don't have a life etc. You can find this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... [wikipedia.org]

It was funny, because it is so true. The people he inspired are those that excelled in sciences and in school, not people who are so obsessed with belonging to the "community" that they have to go dress up and go to conventions. Bill inspired me to get my degree in Physics. And I also laugh at the so-called-fans who can quote lines from the show, but never understand or even care to understand the science underlying it.

Re:Get a life... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864127)

Inspiring a generation of physicists to laugh at Trekkies. Shatner deserves his award.

Re:Get a life... (1)

SirSlud (67381) | about 7 months ago | (#46864975)

Fortunately, those who did use him as an inspiration to get a life/career were also well adjusted enough to have a good laugh.

James Doohan (5, Insightful)

worf_mo (193770) | about 7 months ago | (#46863549)

Not to take anything away from Shatner but it was James Doohan (Scotty, for the whippersnappers out there) who inspired a lot of people to become engineers [wikipedia.org] . Shatner was more the alpha-male-chasing-the-girls type.

Re:James Doohan (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 7 months ago | (#46864295)

Mr Scott got to chase the girl on occasion...

Wasn't he and Uhura an item at one point? Also season 3 episode 18 "The Lights of Zetar" Scottie has a girlfriend.

Re:James Doohan (2)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 7 months ago | (#46864989)

Wasn't he and Uhura an item at one point?

Yes, but since that knowledge requires watching movie #5 it's pretty much a secret.

Re:James Doohan (2)

torsmo (1301691) | about 7 months ago | (#46865707)

...and he was at Normandy on D-Day.

wow (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 7 months ago | (#46863719)

Apparently they've never read any of his books. If they had, they'd know that irrelevant of any good he's done in his life, some things you just can't redeem.

Star Wars is better (-1, Troll)

RebelliousTango (3634409) | about 7 months ago | (#46863775)

Period.

Should have been Nimoy (4, Insightful)

towermac (752159) | about 7 months ago | (#46863837)

But you know what? Kirk was the captain, so I guess he had to be first; hopefully they recognize Spock before he passes.

Because he's the one that inspired me. Kirk was kinda like dad; he was cool, and I respected him; but I'm never gonna be him.

Spock, I could be. (well if i tried really hard and put down the beer and weed and went back for those advanced math classes and wasn't so damned lazy...)

Seriously, as a kid, it was Spock all the way.

WTF? honor the SCIENCE OFFICER! (5, Insightful)

bussdriver (620565) | about 7 months ago | (#46864531)

SPOCK! duh!

I haven't heard of Shatner doing anything besides acting alpha male in TV and some Movies. The creator/writer of Trek deserves far far more credit.

Nimoy, has at least done voice overs for many TV shows that were real science shows over the decades. He also helped keep the movies going (not that the movies were inspirational... but they kept things alive before TNG got started up which may not have happened otherwise.)

Scotty also deserves more than Shatner, for getting people to be engineers. He even has a term named after him which any wise engineer uses ("The Scotty Principle.") But perhaps that keeps NASA away from him (plus he is dead.)

Although Nimoy's blessing on the disgraceful reboot... that shouldn't be overlooked; perhaps that cost him the honor? maybe it should?

Re:WTF? honor the SCIENCE OFFICER! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46865629)

> "The Scotty Principle."

Does that involve not changing the laws of physics?

Re:WTF? honor the SCIENCE OFFICER! (1)

beheaderaswp (549877) | about 7 months ago | (#46865817)

SPOCK! duh!

I haven't heard of Shatner doing anything besides acting alpha male in TV and some Movies. The creator/writer of Trek deserves far far more credit.

Nimoy, has at least done voice overs for many TV shows that were real science shows over the decades. He also helped keep the movies going (not that the movies were inspirational... but they kept things alive before TNG got started up which may not have happened otherwise.)

Scotty also deserves more than Shatner, for getting people to be engineers. He even has a term named after him which any wise engineer uses ("The Scotty Principle.") But perhaps that keeps NASA away from him (plus he is dead.)

Although Nimoy's blessing on the disgraceful reboot... that shouldn't be overlooked; perhaps that cost him the honor? maybe it should?

Yes... this.

As much as I love Shatner, I despise him in comparison to Nimoy and his contributions.

Sadly, the reboot is bad. You can't destroy Vulcan. It's just something you cannot do. There were better ways of rebooting than the destruction of an entire area of canon. But that's just me. Other may disagree.

He taught me about how to deal with women (3, Funny)

vandelais (164490) | about 7 months ago | (#46864081)

He said, "Never let them Klingon."

First I would. Like to thank. The NASA. Who... (3, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 7 months ago | (#46864279)

Never has. There been a. Greater spokesperson for the. Exploration of fictional. Space than. Mr. William. Shatner.

Re:First I would. Like to thank. The NASA. Who... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 7 months ago | (#46864635)

why...does an ACTOR ........get ....a NASA award?

Oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864303)

didn't I! ..

I liked Wayne Pygram's take... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46864305)

"That was a television show John... And he made Priceline commercials!"

What about Gene Roddenberry? (1)

gordo3000 (785698) | about 7 months ago | (#46866965)

For me, the creator of the show is the one who was inspiring, though unseen. But Shatner did a lot more than just act in the show, and that is probably a lot more important for this award than just his years on Star Trek.

Does anyone know if Roddenberry also pushed kids to study science? Star trek still inspires me to what is possible, and it's more than just technology. The society he envisioned is also something to work towards.

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