Comparing the world of Star Trek to the real world of space is the intention of William Shatner as he spoke to astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station in January this year.
It all started with a tweet
, which "opened hailing frequencies" between Shatner and Hadfield up in the ISS. Shatner asked Hadfield whether he was tweeting from space, to which Hadfield responded as follows:
Speaking by phone from Los Angeles, Shatner has a chat via video link from space with his fellow Canadian Hadfield, which was moderated from the Canadian Space Agency
headquarters near Montreal, Quebec.
This extremely long-distance chat discussed the future of the American space program as well as the fears associated with being an astronaut and test pilot.
equated an astronaut's fear to the fear that an actor might experience about remembering his or her lines. Shatner responded with typical wit saying that the consequences could be rather different.
“In my case, your face flushes…. In your case, you burn up,” he said.
To which Hadfield responded, “Well in both cases you go down in flames. One’s figurative and one is not.”
Hadfield arrived on the ISS back in December for a five month mission, and while his main tasks were to conduct several science experiments, he turned into quite the photographer during his stint up there. Hadfield shared several amazing photos with the public via his @Cmdr_Hadfield twitter feed.
He also entertained the public musically and educationally
with several interesting videos about weightless life in space.
He is now gradually getting used to being back on terra firma
after his worthwhile stay aboard the ISS.