RIP, or rather, Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy

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RIP, or rather, Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy

RIP, or rather, Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy


National Archives and Records Administration

Today's Document

February 27, 2015

RIP, or rather, Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy

(March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015)

It is with some sadness we note the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his iconic role as Spock in the 1960s television series Star Trek.

The influence of Star Trek and its characters such as Mr. Spock on American culture would become so great that it reached even the desk of the President of the United States. In 1976, President Ford approved of the proposal to name the new Space Shuttle “Enterprise," after Star Trek's eponymous starship, due in large part to popular demand.

”The space shuttle Enterprise is parked atop its specially-designed 76-wheel transporter at Space Launch Complex Six. In the background is the payload changeout room, 2/19/1985”

Documents about the naming of the Space Shuttle “Enterprise” from the Presidential Handwriting File of the Ford Presidential Library and Museum

(via fordlibrarymuseum)

Source: catalog.archives.gov

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).