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George Takei, William Shatner Help NASA Celebrate Apollo 11 Anniversary

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James Mccullough
Jul 30, 2016 13:48
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View photosMore"Star Trek" actor George Takei left and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin participated in a special salute to Apollo 11's 47th anniversary July 23 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – 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, which was dominated by a huge Saturn 5 moon rocket perched overhead.

The occasion raised funds for Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children to be passionate about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

The Evolution of 'Star Trek' Infographic

The famous Apollo 11 moon landing occurred on July 20, 1969, and the first "Star Trek" TV episode aired on Sept. 8, 1966.

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