Exploring outer space isn’t something that Leonard Nimoy wants to see limited to just movie-making.
While accepting the 2010 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award yesterday, Nimoy shared his thoughts on space exploration, and a famous Star Trek fan who just happens to run the country.
With the shuttle program coming to an end, Nimoy acknowledges that the end of the shuttle era will be sad for fans of space exploration. “It’s just beginning to sink in that the space shuttle era is ending,” he said. “I think people will be grieving. I will. I’ll be sad to see it go. It’s been a very important part of our image of NASA and space for the last number of years.”
Real-life space exploration helped to make Star Trek popular, after a slow start for the show. “In 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, and I think that had a great impact on Star Trek reruns,” said Nimoy. “The show began to find a tremendous new audience.”
What about the future? President Obama spoke about the future of the space program yesterday and after listening to the speech, Nimoy is convinced that Obama is a fan – of space exploration and Star Trek. “I do believe that President Obama means it when he says that he is one hundred percent interested in space,” said Nimoy. “I know for sure he’s a Star Trek fan.” added Nimoy, because when Nimoy and Obama met for the first time, President Obama gave him the Vulcan salute.