posted on Feb, 7 2013 @ 12:28 PM
I think it is fantastic that they got William Shatner to converse with a genuine space explorer. The work that William Shatner and the rest of the
stars did on Star Trek, opened the minds of a generation to the possibilities presented by the space industry, a possible future to aspire to.
The people who go out to space and live on the ISS, those who are planning to go to Mars, despite the massive danger involved with any such
enterprise (I had to, I am terribly sorry but I couldnt resist), are forging the glimmering edge of a new frontier (I have started, so I might as well
go on), and deserve our respect in spades.
The reason I think it is fantastic that these fellows have conversed in this manner, is that it provides a firm link between the possibilities that
Star Trek showed us, and the realities we face today. This is vital, because in times such as those we see before us, it is all to easy for some to
loose sight of the desired result of our exploration of space. Those of us who value the search for understanding, by way of exploration realise that
our future as a species may one day rely on our knowledge of space, and travel within it.
Anything, no matter how apparantly cheesey, that cements that link between the fiction of the past, and the fact of the future in the minds of the
people, cannot be a bad thing for that reason.