No Klingons, Yet: During a magical Twitter conversation today, science fiction met science fact. Actor William Shatner decided to drop Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield a line. Usually, this wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy, except for the fact that Hadfield is currently living on the International Space Station — orbiting over 250 miles above Earth — and Shatner, well, is Captain James T. Kirk!
Hadfield arrived at the station on Dec. 21, 2012, and is currently serving as Flight Engineer for Expedition 34. He will take command of Expedition 35 when the Expedition 34 crew depart the orbiting outpost in March 2013. Hadfield will be the first Canadian to command the station.
In his tweet, Shatner wanted to know if his fellow Canadian was in space, to which the astronaut replied: “Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.”
I get the feeling this social media relationship will only grow over the coming months, so don’t be surprised if Hadfield’s mission takes on a decidedly Star Trek-like flavor. Let’s just hope he doesn’t report any Birds of Prey sightings.
Keep an eye on Hadfield’s tweets by the way. Although many astronauts have changed the way the space station uses the platform, Hadfield’s feed is particularly good, tweeting his life from low-Earth orbit.