Today NASA released a new video celebrating the Space Shuttle program, narrated by Star Trek’s William Shatner. You can watch the full video below, plus we take a look at the Star Trek connections to the beginning and end of the Shuttle program.
The Space Shuttle (Narrated by William Shatner)
After over 30 years, NASA’s Space Shuttle program is winding now. Shuttle Discovery has already flown its final mission earlier this year. Later this month Endeavour will take its final flight and Atlantis will wrap up the program with the final Shuttle flight in June. Today NASA released a new video celebrating the Shuttle program, narrated by Star Trek’s William Shatner.
This is Shatner’s second connection to Shuttle’s final year. Last month William Shatner provided a new voice-over for a Star Trek wake-up call, the final wake-up call for Shuttle Discovery.
Shatner isn’t the only Star Trek connection to the Shuttle finale year. Both Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton and Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols have been invited to final shuttle launches. These Trek connections provide a nice bookend to the beginning of the Shuttle program, when the first orbiter (OV-101) was named Enterprise after lobbying from Trek fans. Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast of Star Trek (but not Shatner) were on hand when Shuttle Enterprise was first revealed.
Roddenberry and the TOS cast with Shuttle Enterprise – September 17, 1976
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