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On July 8th NASA launches Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-135, the final mission of the 30 year Space Shuttle program. To commemorate the event NASA has released a new documentary about the Shuttle program narrated by Star Trek’s William Shatner. Watch the entire doc below.
The Space Shuttle Documentary (Narrated by William Shatner)
On Tuesday NASA released a 1 hour 20 minute documentary "The Space Shuttle" which chronicles the history of the 30 year space shuttle program. The documentary is narrated by Star Trek’s William Shatner.
Star Trek and Shuttle: From beginning to end
Of course Star Trek and the Space Shuttle program have been intersecting since the beginning. The intersection started with the first space shuttle (OV-01) was named Enterprise after Star Trek fans lobbied for a name change, and Gene Roddenberry and the cast of Star Trek were on hand when the Shuttle first rolled out of the hanger.
Shuttle Enterprise introduced in 1976
There were many intersections with Star Trek and the NASA Shuttle program over the years, including multiple wakeup calls. Shuttle astronauts have even appeared in televised episodes of Star Trek and even done contributions to Star Trek DVDs. As the Shuttle program has been winding down this year, Star Trek has again been part of the final flights. The original Star Trek theme (and a new narration from William Shatner) woke up the astronauts on the last day of the final flight of Shuttle Discovery in March. And Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols is traveling to Florida to attend the final launch as a guest of NASA.
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