Scientists have named an asteroid in honor of my friend and fellow Enterprise navigator dude, George Takei!
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
celestial rock, discovered by two Japanese astronomers in 1994, was
formerly known as 1994 GT9. It joins the 4659 Roddenberry (named for
the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry) and the 68410 Nichols (for
co-star Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura). Other main-belt
asteroids have been named for science fiction luminaries Robert
Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.
Just so nobody thinks this is one of those scams where you give some shady guy in an alley a double sawbuck and you get a sixth generation photocopy certificate in return:
The renaming of
7307 Takei was approved by the International Astronomical Union’s
Committee on Small Body Nomenclature. About 14,000 asteroid names have
been approved by the panel, while about 165,000 asteroids have been
identified and numbered, union spokesman Lars Lindberg Christensen said.
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
"This is the name that will be used for all eternity," he said.
That’s so totally awesome. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting George, you know that he’s one of the kindest and most joyful people in the universe, and I know this actually means something to him. I can just hear him saying, "Oh my!" When he got the news.