Special salute to Apollo 11’s 47th anniversary held at the Kennedy Space Center, Star Trek’s George Takei and moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin. Credit: Rob Varnas

Special salute to Apollo 11’s 47th anniversary held at the Kennedy Space Center, Star Trek’s George Takei and moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin.
Credit: Rob Varnas

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida – A convergence of reality and science fiction took center stage here July 23 during a salute to the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the 50th anniversary of the iconic Star Trek television show and follow-on franchise.

An audience of some 250 people took part in the evening event; a scene dominated by a huge Saturn 5 booster perched overhead. The occasion raised funds for Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children to be passionate regarding science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Apollo 11 anniversary gala was hosted by George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek.

Apply warp speed and view my new Space.com story on the event. Go to:

George Takei, William Shatner Help NASA Celebrate Apollo 11 Anniversary

July 29, 2016 07:00 am ET

http://www.space.com/33585-star-trek-apollo-11-anniversary-event.html

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