NASA and Star Trek — they’ve been joined at the hip for decades. Back in 1972, when NASA launched its very first space shuttle, they called it the Enterprise, a clear nod to the starship made famous by the 1960s TV show. In 2011, NASA brought the space shuttle program to a close, and they fittingly asked William Shatner to narrate an 80 minute film documenting the history of the audacious space program. (Watch it here.)
Now we’re one week away from another NASA milestone — the landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars — which can mean only one thing. William Shatner’s back, and he’s previewing the action that lies ahead. First the Curiosity’s difficult landing, the so-called Seven Minutes of Terror. And then the rover’s mission on the Red Planet. Shatner’s clip will give geeks north of 40 a little nerdgasm. For younger geeks (said affectionately), NASA has Wil Wheaton, the star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, reading the same script. You can watch it below.