9 mar. 2015

Astronaut gives the Vulcan salute from ISS as tribute to Leonard Nimoy

American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo of the Vulcan salute from the International Space Station as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy on Saturday as the station passed over Massachusetts. Nimoy was a native of Boston.

A real life space traveler posted a touching tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy - from the final frontier.

Astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo of his hand, split-fingered in the sign of the Vulcan salute, Saturday from the International Space Station.

Nimoy, who rose to fame playing the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the cult TV series "Star Trek," died Friday at 83.

The stunning picture was taken as the ISS passed over the northeast coast of the U.S. with Nimoy's hometown of Boston and the Massachusetts coastline in view.

Virts, 47, posted the moving image, just days after his own space drama. A small amount of water leaked into Virts' space suit during a space walk Wednesday.

The astronaut was never in any danger and made it back inside safely, NASA officials said.

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Back on earth, tributes to Nimoy continued Saturday.

Trekkies gathered at the actor's Walk of Fame star on Hollywood Blvd. where the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce placed a bouquet of yellow roses Friday. A card with the flowers read: "We are all so glad that you 'lived long and prospered' You will be missed!"

Cable channel SyFy announced plans to run a five-hour Trek-themed tribute including episodes of the original "Twilight Zone" series, a batch of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" featuring Nimoy as a guest star, and a screening of the final Star Trek original cast movie "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."

Nimoy died Friday of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in his Bel-Air home.

Source: nydailynews.com