The astronauts of the Space Station Discovery received a wake up call from James T Kirk and the recorded music from Star Trek which was beamed to their ship before entering Earth's atmosphere.
The theme music of Star Trek was chosen by a poll held by Nasa and William Shatner recorded a voice over, "To boldly go where no man has been before and to seek out new civilisations." President Obama also did a long-distance call to the astronauts to boost their morale. Robo-astronaut who is new to the crew has still not been unpacked from his box. President Obama said that Robo-Astronaut, "should stretch his legs."
Americans are excited about the space mission and they were thrilled by Shatner's participation in the wake-up transmission.
Bill Shatner admitted that he had, had a bizarre feud with George Takei, who refused to invite him to his gay wedding. Shatner said, "So the guy has finally come out of the closet and says his gay, who cares?" Shatner said that Takei had criticised him in a book he had recently written claiming that James Kirk, his character, had stolen Sulo's close up.
Shatner said that he had missed a trick not keeping memorabilia from the popular show which he had been offered as a memento. A space jacket which he wore as Admiral Kirk is set to be sold for a record price in an upcoming auction.
Kirk said that he never watched 'Star Trek' because he was embarrassed by his facial expressions and by the naff costumes which he had to wear.
He said that in retrospect he had been 'naive' in not being more 'savvy' in realising the cult nature of the show which has become television gold.
He said "Star Trek never ceases to be popular and I have been type-cast as Captain James T Kirk". However Shatner has gone on to do other work in films which has been very well received by Trekkies everywhere. He has decided to 'milk it' by going to Star Trek conventions with Leonard Nimoy who played his side-kick Mr Spock for 'as long as is humanly possible'.