The original Captain Kirk and the only Wesley Crusher are lending their overacting abilities to the narration of the Mars Curiosity Rover video.
William Shatner and the guy who played that kid from Star Trek: Next Generation are joining forces to bring an educational video to life. As part of a PR onslaught, NASA has enlisted the talents of the two actors to build awareness about the rover landing.
"Shatner and Wheaton are mavericks in inspiring film, TV and social media audiences about space," said NASA's multimedia liaison for film and TV collaborations Bert Ulrich.
"NASA is thrilled to have them explain a difficult landing sequence in accessible terms that can be understood by many. Thanks to their generous support, Mars exploration will reach Tweeters, Trekkies and beyond."
On 6 August, the Mars Curiosity Rover is set to touch down and NASA looks to unleash the educational video as a way to enlighten the public about the difficulties the little rover faces.
"The process from entering the atmosphere to landing safely is no easy task. Curiosity has seven minutes to go from 13,000 mph to a soft landing," NASA said.
"If a single step is unsuccessful, the mission could fail. This process has been dubbed as the 'seven minutes of terror'."
Those unfamiliar with Star Trek may know William Shatner for his beloved spoken word albums. The Renaissance man has released a variety of albums since his departure from the Star Trek franchise.
Those unfamiliar with Will Wheaton (who also has a recurring role as himself on The Big Bang Theory) probably have just made the decision to block out his character from their Star Trek: Next Generation memories.
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