The Best Ever Exchange On Twitter Is Between Real Astronauts And The Cast of Star Trek


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[twitter]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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  4. January 6, 2013

    Live long and perspire!

  5. January 6, 2013

    HAL, where art thou in this our hour of need?

  6. January 6, 2013

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  8. DrMyEye
    January 7, 2013

    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.

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  10. hwnddawg
    January 7, 2013

    So what happens when Cmdr. Hatfield meets Dr. McCoy?

  11. WilmaWildcat
    January 7, 2013

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

  12. Anon
    January 7, 2013

    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.

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    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!

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    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"!

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  21. Nancy Dausch
    January 16, 2013

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

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    January 16, 2013

    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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