William Shatner Honored By NASA


Legendary actor William Shatner has been awarded with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s highest civilian honor.

The legend is best known for his portrayal of the beloved explorer Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the small screen movie and franchise. He is now presented with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service medal on Saturday, April 26, at a Los Angeles ceremony, in recognition of his efforts to urge young people to pursue studies in mathematics and science.

The citation for the honor read, “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.”

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, ” said David Weaver, NASA’s associate administrator for the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

He’s most deserving of this prestigious award.”

The star took to Twitter.com on Tuesday, April 29 to thank NASA for the honor. He said, “I want to take a moment and give @NASA my thanks for the honor bestowed on me! I am always willing to help highlight your wonderful work.”

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