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On Saturday, American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this photo while aboard the International Space Station: The simple Vulcan salute, flashed back at earth from so many miles away, speaks to the impact that Nimoy and “Star Trek” had on American space exploration.
“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most. NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague.”