NASA Honors Captain Kirk For Space Service

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – NASA honored actor William Shatner, otherwise known as Captain Kirk from the original “Star Trek,” for his support of their programs and science education.

Shatner received NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the space agency’s highest award for non-government people.

“William Shatner has been so generous with his time and energy in encouraging students to study science and math, and for inspiring generations of explorers, including many of the astronauts and engineers who are a part of NASA today, ” David Weaver, associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Communications, said, according to CNET.

The medal that Shatner received reads, “For outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering support for NASA and its missions of discovery.”

The famed actor has narrated a documentary on space shuttles, recorded a wake-up call for the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 2011, and provided the voice-over for a dramatic video about the Curiosity Mars rover.

He is the first “Star Trek” cast member to receive the award.

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