There was a surreal moment in outer space Thursday morning, as the man who played Captain James T. Kirk chatted with a real-life astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
William Shatner, the Canadian-born actor of Star Trek fame, spoke for a few minutes with Chris Hadfield, who is on a five-month space voyage.
The actor asked serious questions about the Canadian astronaut’s hopes for space travel, as well as his fears, and the emotions he felt as he stared out from beyond Earth. They also exchanged a few jokes.
Mr. Shatner quipped that if he flopped while performing, the worst thing that could happen is he might sweat a little bit. “In your case,” he told Mr. Hadfield, “you burn up.”
He also asked Mr. Hadfield how he felt, being away from his home planet for so long. That prompted a philosophical reply from the astronaut about how far humanity…
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