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William Shatner cannot attend the funeral of his
friend and Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy because
of a prior commitment for a charity ball, the actor
said on Twitter on Saturday.
Shatner and Nimoy portrayed the two best-known
characters on the original Star Trek television series
launched in 1966 and in a series of films, with Shatner
playing the adventurous Captain Kirk and Nimoy as
the logic-bound, half-alien Mr Spock.
Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pul-
monary disease (COPD), died on Friday at age 83 at
his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.
Shatner said in a post on Twitter that he was in
Florida, having previously agreed to appear at a Red
"Leonard s funeral is tomorrow. I can t make it
back in time," Shatner wrote, adding "I feel really
awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my
dearest friends is being buried."
The Florida Weekly reported the ball in Palm Beach
would feature Shatner, actress Shirley MacLaine and
singer Wayne Newton.
Nimoy s portrayal of Spock became one of science
fiction s best-known, most beloved characters. He
had many other acting roles, and also was known
for his books, poetry and photography.
Shatner, in other posts on Twitter, asked people
to go online on Sunday to celebrate and remember
Leonard Nimoy didn t just leave a lasting impres-
sion on the science-fiction genre, he also left his
mark on science itself.
Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-
world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at
SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly
willing to lend the organisation a helping hand. When
he was asked to narrate a planetarium introduction
or appear as a guest at an event, Nimoy did so graciously
and never charged.
"That struck me then, and it strikes me now," said
Shostak. "If you play a famous alien, you might have
little interest in how science is searching for real aliens,
William Shatner cannot
attend friend Leonard
Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los
Angeles on Friday. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr Spock in Star Trek died
February 27 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He was 83. AP PHOTO
but Nimoy was actually interested in the science---
and he was always willing to help us out."
Remembrances poured in from beyond the enter-
tainment spectrum after news spread Friday about
the death of the 83-year-old actor, who played the
half-alien, half-human Spock in Star Trek films, TV
shows and video games. NASA, Virgin Galactic, Intel
and Google all sent messages, as did other groups
motivated by Nimoy and his role as a truth-seeking
"Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to generations
of engineers, scientists, astronauts and other space
explorers," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
"As Mr Spock, he made science and technology impor-
tant to the story, while never failing to show, by example,
that it is the people around us who matter most."
NASA posted a photo online taken in 1976 of Nimoy
and his "Trek" cast mates in front of NASA s real-life
space shuttle Enterprise, parked outside the agency s
manufacturing facilities in Palmdale, California.
Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut aboard
the International Space Station, similarly tweeted her
condolences from space.
"Live Long and Prosper, Mr #Spock!" she wrote.
Nimoy s commitment to astronomy frequently
warped from beyond the starship Enterprise and into
the real world. He and his wife, Susan, donated US$1
million to the renovation of the iconic Griffith Park
observatory complex overlooking Los Angeles. The
observatory s theater is named after Nimoy.
"Mr Nimoy was committed to people, community
and the enlarged perspective conferred by science, the
arts and the places where they meet," the observatory
said in a statement.
The actor, director and photographer narrated several
films focusing on astronomy, including a 2012 short
film about NASA s Dawn mission and the 1994 IMAX
documentary film Destiny in Space.
"All I can say is if and when we pick up a signal,
it ll be wonderful if the real aliens are half as appealing
as Mr Nimoy was as Spock," said Shostak of SETI
Leonard leaves legacy
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