Awesome If You’re A Geek

3 comments October 3rd, 2007at 08:42pm Posted by Eli

Perhaps it reflects poorly on me, but I think this is really super-cool:

An asteroid between Mars and Jupiter has been renamed 7307 Takei in honor of the actor, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series and movies.

“I am now a heavenly body,” [George] Takei, 70, said Tuesday, laughing. “I found out about it yesterday. … I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky – just like an asteroid.”

(Technically, that would be a meteorite, actually, but I’ll give him a pass ‘cuz, well, he’s Sulu.)

Unlike the myriad Web sites that offer to sell naming rights to stars, the IAU committee-approved names are actually used by astronomers, said Tom Burbine, the Mount Holyoke College astronomy professor who proposed the name swap.

“This is the name that will be used for all eternity,” he said.

Burbine said he suggested Takei’s name in part out of appreciation for his work with the Japanese American Citizens League and with the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. Takei, a spokesman for HRC’s Coming Out Project, was cultural affairs chairman of the JACL, and he was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton.

George Takei rocks. Er, so to speak.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science

3 Comments

  • 1. oldwhitelady  |  October 3rd, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Yeah, that is pretty cool, but what about Walter Koenig. Shouldn’t he have one named after him? Mmmmm. Chekov.

  • 2. ::matthew  |  October 3rd, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Hello, we are looking for the naval base in Alameda. It’s where they keep the nuclear wessels.

  • 3. Eli  |  October 3rd, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    One of the greatest lines in Star Trek history right there.

    Maybe I skimmed too fast and missed them, but shouldn’t Scotty & Bones have asteroids named after them in memoriam?


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