Space: The Final Frontier
Though art typically imitates life, this new story is an example of life taking its lessons from fiction.
As the British Parliament discussed space policy on January 14, one Member of Parliament went to the experts for further information on the subject. The experts in this case? Star Trek cast members, of course.
Actor William Shatner sent a message to be read out by U.K. politicians during a parliamentary debate on space exploration, and the result was a rare mix between reality and popular culture. But Shatner wasn’t the only Star Trek cast member to have his voice heard.
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The veteran star, who played Captain Kirk in the sci-fi TV and movie franchise, contributed a statement which was read out as British Members of Parliament (MPs) discussed the topic on Thursday, January 14.
“Space is one of the last known frontiers, mostly untouched by mankind in his politics,” he was quoted as saying by Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) MP Philippa Whitford.
“In opening a debate on this subject, it is is my hope that you take the tenets of Star Trek‘s Prime Directive to universally and peacefully share in the exploration of it. I wish you all a wonderful debate. My best, Bill.”
The Prime Directive, of course, is the main principle of the United Federation of Planets in the Star Trek universe, encouraging Star Fleet and other bodies to peacefully explore space and not interfere with undeveloped civilizations.