April 22 2024


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James T. Kirk Wakes Up Shuttle Crew

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William Shatner provided the voiceover as Alexander Courage’s original series theme song woke up the crew of STS-133 Discovery this morning.

The Star Trek theme song received the second-highest number of votes in NASA’s “Space Rock” wake-up song public voting poll, in which fans chose from forty songs, with the two songs that received the highest number of votes to be played during STS-133 mission.

The winner of the contest was Blue Sky by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, which received 722,662 votes (29.3 percent of the votes cast). The Star Trek theme song came in second, with 671,134 votes, or 27.2 percent of the votes cast in the poll. Blue Sky will be played as the wake-up song on Tuesday, March 8.

Shatner provided the voiceover for the wake-up call, which occurred at 3:23 A.M. this morning. “Space, the final frontier,” he said. “These have been the voyages of the space shuttle Discovery. Her thirty year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before.”

STS-133 Discovery launched on February 24. On this mission, the astronauts are: Commander Steven Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, Steve Bowen and Nicole Stott, who will “deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and provide critical spare components to the International Space Station.”

The audio clip of the wake-up call can be heard here.

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