'Voyager' Salutes Space Program

By Caillan
February 12, 2004 - 11:47 AM

Star Trek: Voyager cast members will honour the achievements of NASA's space program at a special promotional event to celebrate the release of the show's first-season DVD set.

The reception, to be held at the California Science Centre on February 19, will be attended by Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Robert Picardo (the EMH), Tim Russ (Tuvok) and Garrett Wang (Harry Kim), according to a Paramount Home Entertainment press release. The actors will present "A Voyager Award" to NASA and a commemorative DVD to Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Thomas Lesinski, president of Paramount Home Entertainment, said the event was a way to recognise "the real-life heroes" of the United States space program. "With the success of the Mars landings and the President's call for renewed space exploration, we felt this was the right time to salute them."

Astronaut Dr. Janice Voss and astrophysicist Dr. Sallie Baliunas will be among the guests of honour at the ceremony. Voss, a mission specialist, has taken part in five space flights from 1993-2000. Her latest mission with NASA on the Space Shuttle Endeavour involved mapping over 47 million miles of the Earth's surface.

Baliunas, an acknowledged expert on climate science, is a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and former Deputy Director of the Mount Wilson Institute. She has been awarded numerous accolades, including the American Astronomical Society's Newton Lacey Pierce Prize, and served as a technical consultant on Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict.

Star Trek: Voyager's first season will be released on DVD on February 24 in the United States and Canada. To pre-order the set and support TrekToday, please use the following links: Amazon.com - Amazon.ca.

The set will be released in Europe and other parts of the world in May, 2004. Thanks to Ziggy Spence for this!

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