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Captain Kirk receives NASA honor

Captain Kirk receives NASA honor

NASA HONORS:William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk, has been honored by NASA. Photo: Associated Press

“Star Trek” icon William Shatner has been feted with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s highest civilian honor.

The veteran actor, famed for his role as beloved space explorer Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the TV and film franchise, was presented with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service medal at a Los Angeles gala on Saturday, in recognition of his efforts to encourage youngsters to pursue studies in science and mathematics.

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