Shatner ‘Tweets’ Astronaut Hadfield in Space, Gets A Star Trek Response!

(AP) Star Trek fans are rejoicing after Captain James Kirk of the starship Enterprise, or rather the actor who played him on the iconic sci-fi series, swapped tweets with a Canadian astronaut.

“Star Trek’s” William Shatner traded tweets with astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is currently at the International Space Station. Shatner asked, “@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space?”

Hadfield, who will take over the space station as Commander in March, responded, “@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.”

Shatner tweeted back, “I’m very impressed!”

The two have met in person, sort of. Hadfield once shared a photo of Shatner holding a paper cutout of the astronaut with the caption, “The last time @WilliamShatner and I met was in another dimension – 2D.”

‘Cmdr-Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB,’ William Shatner – who signs his Twitter messages with shorthand for ‘my best, Bill’ – asked Chris Hadfield, mission specialist on the International Space Station, on Friday, who arrived at the space station on December 21 for a five-month stint.

Hadfield was presumably referring to Earth, as he has been using Twitter to beam back compelling images of landscapes as diverse as the Sahara desert and snow-covered western Canadian cities.

The Canadian Space Agency, situated just outside Shatner’s hometown Montreal, got into the act as well, offering to arrange a live chat between the actor and the astronaut.

Star Trek fans meanwhile reveled at the exchange. ‘Looks like WilliamShatner has opened a hailing frequency to the #ISS and Cmdr-Hadfield answered! #cool,’!

Reported by Lorenzo Marchessi


Based in Hollywood, CA – Lorenzo Marchessi is a Sci-Fi Geek and has written for Starlog Magazine, Doctor Who Drives,,,  and – (Just type in my name in the search window.) He has worked on Film and TV projects like ‘Back To The Future’, ‘Beauty & The Beast’, ‘Quantum Leap’ and ‘Star Trek:TNG’. He is also a Film, TV and Theatre director as well. He is now creating the ‘go to’ website for all ‘Sci Fi Geeks’ and more’ which is still under construction and will be unveiled soon! You can contact him at !


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