NASA Astronauts Say Goodbye to Leonard Nimoy

Monday, 02 March 2015 - 12:47PM
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Monday, 02 March 2015 - 12:47PM

The world has been in mourning ever since Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy passed away last week after a long battle with a pulmonary disease, with even the President of the United States sharing his condolences:



Nimoy touched so many people's hearts in his 83 years, but he and Spock had a special relationship with NASA, as the show has inspired many real-life innovations in space travel. NASA, as well as individual astronauts, have spent the last few days paying tribute to the beloved actor.


This picture from NASA shows astronauts with the Enterprise, named after the ship on Star Trek:





But this farewell from astronaut Terry Virts may be the most poignant of all:



Nimoy was known to genuinely love his character, publicly identifying with him and often signing off his tweets "LLAP," the acronym for "Live Long and Prosper." So Virts did the Live Long and Prosper salute (which Nimoy actually created himself) from Star Trek just as the ISS passed over Boston, Nimoy's hometown. 


Nimoy used the "LLAP" sign off in his touching final tweet, just days before his passing:


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