Watch Leonard Nimoy React to the Final Flight of NASA's Enterprise

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 5:01PM
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 5:01PM
After the passing of sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy (best known for playing Dr. Spock on the original Star Trek), Nimoy's son, Adam started a Kickstarter to help him finish the documentary they were working on together. Thanks to the generous donation of fans, the documentary - titled For the Love of Spock- is set to release sometime this year. In addition, Nimoy's family is creating a second documentary, with the help of crowdfunding, called COPD: Highly Illogical, to give even greater insight into the life of the Star Trek legend, and the circumstances surrounding his passing. 

In the meantime, a new clip showing Nimoy's reaction to the final flight of NASA's Enterprise has hit the web.
Nimoy is clearly blown away by the sight, calling the ferry flight that brought the Enterprise to New York City to be displayed at the Intrepid Museum a "most thrilling, amazing sight." As he addresses the camera, he reminisces about his visit to the city to visit friends and family, and recalls hearing a news report saying that the shuttle would be landing there that week. 

Opening quote
I contacted the Intrepid people and asked them if we could get back on the intrepid to watch the flyby. They came right back and said, 'Why don't you come up to JFK where it will be landing, and, if you'd like to, you could say a few words. So I said, 'OK.'
Closing quote

Along with a small crowd of spectators, Nimoy watched the shuttle and its aircraft carrier zoom 500 feet from the ground, loop around Manhattan, and return for a final touchdown. He then delivered a commemorative speech. 
"We [cast members of the original Star Trek] were there in 1976 when it was rolled out of the hangar," Nimoy explains, "This is a reunion for me. Thirty-five years ago, I met the enterprise for the first time....It was exciting, really exciting to be there [now], and I was thrilled we were able to work it out."

The actor's passing has obviously inspired his family and fans to take a closer look back at his incredible life, and we look forward to seeing more exclusive clips from the upcoming documentaries. 

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