'Captain Kirk' to rendezvous with Canadian astronaut

William Shatner, best known for playing Captain Kirk on the original "Star Trek" TV series, will chat live Thursday with astronaut Chris Hadfield in the International Space Station.

Captain's log, stardate Feb. 7.

That’s when William Shatner, or Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, will meet with real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency.

The agency announced the meeting of the fictional and real space explorers on its website. The conversation will take place in front of an audience of 30 "space tweeps" at the CSA who can pose questions for Hadfield, currently aboard the International Space Station.

The event, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, will also include Hadfield's fellow CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen.

Shatner and Hadfield will communicate via phone. The "tweeps" in the audience will get a live video connection with Hadfield. The CSA said the event will also include scientific presentations and demos. Anyone can watch the event live via the CSA's webcast.


The event Thursday will not be the first time Shatner and Hadfield have chatted.

On Jan. 3, Shatner contacted his fellow countryman via Twitter, writing "@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space?"

Within a couple hours, Hadfield tweeted a response that quickly went viral, saying, "@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface."

Hadfield has been tweeting photos of landscapes from orbit and answering questions on Twitter since he went into space late last December.


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