Ask people what two things first spring to mind when thinking about space, and you’ll often hear “Star Trek” and “the Space Shuttle”. Tentatively linked together from the very beginning, NASA even renamed its shuttle prototype “Enterprise” with the whole Trek cast visiting for the unveiling.
Back in April we linked to a short NASA mini-documentary narrated by Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, and now in celebration of the shuttle program that has spanned 30 years, NASA have released a full length documentary again voiced by Bill.
At 1 hour 20 minutes long, it is a detailed and inspiring look at everything that went into making the shuttle program the success it has been.
Humanity will never forget the contribution the shuttle and its dedicated team of thousands have made to space exploration, and to science in general. There have been triumphs and tragedies, but with Atlantis soon to fly the final shuttle flight (scheduled for launch Friday 8th July 11:26 EDT (15:26 GMT/16:26 BST)) this film is a fitting tribute to such an iconic machine.
Even in the narration you can hear the respect and admiration for the program that William Shatner shares with all of us.
The dream is alive