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'Star Trek' actor William Shatner calls astronaut in space [VIDEO]

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com
'Star Trek' actor William Shatner calls astronaut in space [VIDEO]
Actor William Shatner, famous for his role as Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek" series, called real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station. (File/UPI/David Becker) | License Photo

"This is Shatner, do you hear me?"

Actor William Shatner, famous for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" science fiction series, called astronaut Chris Hadfield Thursday.

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Shatner originally tweeted at the astronaut with the question "Are you tweeting from space?" This led to Thursday's live video chat between the fictional and real life astronauts.

Hadfield represents the Canadian Space Agency aboard the International Space Station. Shatner asked what it's like to really be in space. Hadfield says he's happy not to be grounded in the "post-shuttle era" thanks to international cooperation.

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