William Shatner to Talk to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Thursday

Longueuil, Quebec, February 4, 2013 (CSA PR) –
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been using social media to connect with the public. To this day, his most famous exchange is the one he had with legendary Canadian actor, author and former Captain Kirk, William Shatner.

On February 7, they will continue their discussion. This time, Astronaut Hadfield (via video) will speak to Mr. Shatner (on the phone). The conversation will take place in front of an audience of “space tweeps” gathered at the CSA for scientific presentations and demos. Tweeps will have the chance to ask questions in real-time to Hadfield. CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen will host this unique event.

Media representatives are invited to attend the event.

Journalists who cannot be on-site can watch the live webcast on the CSA Website and follow the hashtag #CSATweetup on Twitter.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

10:30 a.m. EST
  • Short presentation by Jeremy Hansen
  • Live conversation between Chris Hadfield and William Shatner
  • Live video connection between Chris Hadfield and space tweeps
  • Scientific presentations and demos
  • Chris Hadfield, CSA Astronaut (from space via NASA TV)
  • Jeremy Hansen, CSA Astronaut
  • William Shatner, actor (via phone)
  • 30 space tweeps who follow Chris Hadfield and the CSA
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Will Nimoy Go Boldly Where Shatner Refuses to Tread?

William Shatner (Credit: Jerry Avenaim)

The Canadian Press reports:

“William Shatner has said that he’s scared to go into space and it’s quite ironic really when you think of his career,” company founder Sir Richard Branson told The Canadian Press.

“And, like most celebrities, he would like a freebie.”

“I’m in the airline business and a lot of people ask for upgrades and we’re not going to get the same thing happening with our space program.”

Branson says since Shatner isn’t interested, perhaps other crew members of the fictional USS Enterprise, like “Spock” (aka Leonard Nimoy), would jump at the chance.

“We’ll have to go out and ask them,” he added. “We haven’t actually yet, but I promise you we will.”


CelebrityNOT: Captain Kirk Scared to Fly on SpaceShipTwo, Branson Refuses to Pick Up Tab

William Shatner (Credit: Jerry Avenaim)

Richard Branson may have snagged A-listers like Russell Brand and Katy Perry for his space tourism joyrides, but one man he can’t convince to climb aboard SpaceShipTwo is William Shatner.

The actor who portrayed the galaxy- and bed-hopping Capt. James Kirk on “Star Trek” won’t fly unless Branson picks up the tab — something the brash billionaire Brit won’t do. The Canadian Press reports:


“I’m scared,” the 80-year-old told a news conference, after he was given an honorary doctorate of Letters at his alma mater, Montreal’s McGill University.