Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

William Shatner and Wil Wheaton lend their voices to NASA's Curiosity rover landing videoWilliam Shatner and Wil Wheaton lend their voices to NASA's Curiosity rover landing video

WATCH: William Shatner, Wil Wheaton Narrate NASA Rover Video

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

“Star Trek” fans get excited, because, Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Wil Wheaton are lending a helping hand to NASA in anticipation of the upcoming Curiosity rover landing on Mars.

Both are narrating an educational video, in preparation for next week’s rover landing, called “Grand Entrance,” which details this particular event from entry through descent, and after landing.

“Shatner and Wheaton are mavericks in inspiring film, TV and social media audiences about space,” said Bert Ulrich, NASA’s multimedia liaison for film and TV collaborations. “NASA is thrilled to have them explain a difficult landing sequence in accessible terms that can be understood by many. Thanks to their generous support, Mars exploration will reach Tweeters, Trekkies and beyond!”

Curiosity successfully launched in November 2011, but the landing is a whole other story. It can be very difficult to land gracefully, as the rover “has seven minutes to go from 13,000 mph to a soft landing.” The mission has even received the name “seven minutes of terror.”

If, or when, it lands, Curiosity has a set of tools at the end of its extendable arm for collecting and studying rocks up close. It even has a drill to collect sample material from inside the rocks, along with a scoop for soil samples.

This isn’t the first time Shatner has worked side-by-side with NASA. In 2011, the legendary sci-fi star recorded an introduction as part of a special wake-up call for the Space shuttle Discovery’s crew on their last day at the International Space Station.

Both videos will be shown across the country, on the Internet and through social media. NASA hopes to reach the public, build awareness and educate everyone about Curiosity, before the landing on Monday, Aug. 6 at 1:31 a.m. EST.

Check out Shatner in action below, and to see Wheaton give his own unique narration jump here.

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments
  • http://twitter.com/ndrix Michael Hendrickx

    Hi, this is Denny Crane. Welcome to mars.

  • Deborah Kingston

    The Stork delivers!

fight

Verbally abusing your vegan friends isn’t edgy, it’s just being a bully

If you’re a vegan who has had to deal with this, and especially if you come from a background of being abused in other ways, you are absolutely not alone

dandy

Vegan restaurant opening is so popular, police shut it down

You know people are hungry for vegan restaurants when…

Vegan1

If you are on a plant based diet, stop calling yourself Vegan!

How the Green Health Movement has hijacked the Ethical Vegan Movement.