Agence France Presse
Published — Sunday 6 January 2013
Last update 6 January 2013 12:02 am
WASHINGTON: “Star Trek” fans rejoiced Friday after Captain James Kirk of the starship Enterprise, or rather the actor who played him on the iconic sci-fi series, swapped tweets with a Canadian astronaut. “@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB,” William Shatner — who signs his Twitter messages with shorthand for “my best, Bill” — asked Chris Hadfield, mission specialist on the International Space Station. “@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain.
And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface,” replied Hadfield, who arrived at the space station on Dec. 21 for a five-month stint. Hadfield was presumably referring to Earth, as he has been using Twitter to beam back compelling images of landscapes as diverse as the Sahara desert and snow-covered western Canadian cities.
The Canadian Space Agency, situated just outside Shatner’s hometown Montreal, got into the act as well, offering to arrange a live chat between the actor and the astronaut. Star Trek fans meanwhile reveled at the exchange. “Looks like @WilliamShatner has opened a hailing frequency to the #ISS and @Cmdr_Hadfield answered! #cool,” tweeted space and science blogger Jason Major.