The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy:
“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. 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. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise. Leonard was a talented actor, director, philanthropist, and a gracious man dedicated to art in many forms.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the legions of Star Trek fans around the world.”
**The iconic series “Star Trek” follows the crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise as it completes its missions in space in the 23rd century. Captain James T. Kirk, along with half- human/half-Vulcan science officer Spock (actor Leonard Nimoy), and chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. “Scotty” Scott confront strange alien races, friendly and hostile alike, as they explore unknown worlds.