Because a large part of the flow NASA employees have probably grown up and watched Star Trek . Shatner is occasionally asked to help NASA with publicity stunts. The most recent was a campaign to promote public interest in NASA's Parker Solar Probe, a probe that is about to enter the Sun's atmosphere (called a corona) to probe our local star more closely than ever before.
The Parker Solar Probe will not only carry gauges and an extremely strong heat shield, but also a multi-name microchip that NASA has promised to "send to the Sun." Since Shatner was the big spokesman for this campaign until April 201
So, while Shatner will probably never go into space unless we make some space improvements very quickly The name will visit the sun later this year and go where no name was before.
After the probe successfully completes the last of its numerous tests and inspections, it will launch from Cape Canaveral on July 31, 2018. The microchip will, just like the rest of the probe, Being Well Protected: The wagon-sized probe will be shielded by a 4.5 inch (11.5 centimeter) thick carbon composite coating designed to withstand the approximately 1370 degrees Celsius of solar corona.
With the probe, NASA hopes to learn more about the sun's still-mysterious weather patterns and other quirks that we've never understood, such as why the outer corona se ems is hotter than the solar surface. And here ends Shatner and the approximately 1,137,000 other people who put their names on the list of microchips (in a sense).
Everything on board! A memory card with 1,137,202 names from around the world was mounted on a plaque on May 18 and installed on Parker #SolarProbe . Read more and find out what other dates make the journey: https: // t.co/ejaSuAB1Gh pic.twitter.com/RTC5hZpbMd
– NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) 21. May 2018
Interestingly, Shatner is not the first time he's gone off either. "Last year, NASA beamed a Shatner voice message to the Voyager 1 probe in interstellar space for the 40th anniversary.
If If someone has his voice in space, Captain Kirk always seems to be the first choice.