The Greatest Conversations To Ever Happen On Twitter Between Real Astronauts And The Cast of Star Trek

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is only a few weeks in to his 6 months residency at the International Space Station and already he has made a name for himself with his activity on Twitter.

Hadfield has been very active in sharing photos of the planet as he sails overhead.

Hadfield also uses Twitter to detail some of the things long term astronauts deal with in day to day life.

All of that was wonderfully geeky. The chats with schoolchildren all totally expected.

Then William Shatner, aka Captain James T Kirk, sent a tweet to space, and Hadfield responded not to the actor, but to the character.

The internet lost their collective minds. A real space captain, tweeted a fake space captain and the world was perfect. Then other characters from the Star Trek franchise got in on the conversation.

Yes, Chris Hadfield shared a tweet with Kirk/Shatner, but when George Takei, aka Mr Sulu, started talking about it all on Facebook it was on the path to epic.

And of course, Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr Spock, responded.

So we have an astronaut talking to Kirk and Spock while Sulu documents. Are you kidding me?

Then the Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Wil Weaton, aka Wesley Crusher, sent Chris Hadfield a question on Twitter.

And the whole thing exploded into a cascade of tribbles when Buzz Aldrin, the second man to ever walk on the moon, joined the twitter conversation between Hadfield and Shatner.

Are you freaking kidding me?

So with the “Star Trek Stars Tweet An Astronaut” conversation looked after, someone needs wake up George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford and get them in on a “Star Wars Stars Tweet An Astronaut.”

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  1. We live in awesome times. Space travel may not have kept up with the Star Trek timeline, but interprersonal communications has zoomed way ahead.

  2. I was so excited to share this with my non-trek friends, but no one got it. Alas, the needs of the many outlast the needs of the few…or the one.

  3. No need to wake up the Star Wars crew: they aren’t from Earth — and they aren’t human.

  4. You’re non-Trek friends didn’t get this? They have either been living under a rock or they are prepubescent. This is stuff you grok via osmosis in our culture.

  5. Out there somewhere, Gene Roddenberry’s emotional and intellectual entity has just gone where no one has gone before. With each new step we take I am more in awe of what that man envisioned. He was the ultimate interstellar explorer!

  6. As an old guy who has lived long and prospered since seeing pilot and first episode of StarTrek, the original series, this actually brought tears to my eyes. Infinitely distant! <– Trekkers don't say "far out"!

  7. From an old Trekker that was there the pilot was first aired, may you all live long and prosper.

  8. Cmdr. Hadfield is Canadian? He needs a brown coat to go with that red shirt. Where’s @NathanFillion when you need him?

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