Krypton Radio Newswire

The Space Shuttle Enterprise flew into New York City piggybacked on an 747 last Friday, traveling along the Hudson River, looping back down around the Tappan Zee Bridge to the  Statue of Liberty, and then circling back towards Queens before making its descent into Kennedy airport. New York is the famous shuttle’s new home; it had been housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. prior to this.

The Enterprise, while never actually venturing into space itself, did serve as an in-atmosphere test vehicle.  It was visible from rooftops and shorelines as it made its tour of the city and final descent. Leonard Nimoyappeared on CNN during coverage of the Shuttle Enterprise heading into New York

On hand in 1976 for the unveiling and dedication of the shuttle were some major dignitaries, including Leonard Nimoy along with most of the rest of the cast of Star Trek, and the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry.  Nimoy was once again called upon to speak before the cameras, but this time he let slip something about the upcoming and highly anticipated  J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek 2”

Nimoy was being interviewed by CNN reporter Jason Carroll, communicating with anchor Carol Costello in the cable channel’s studio in Atlanta. Carroll was listening to Costello through his earpiece, so anything the anchor said to Nimoy had to be relayed through Carroll.

Here’s the transcript of the part we find intriguing:

JASON CARROLL: You think about it’s [the Enterprise] going to a museum. but you can’t help but think about the future. When you watch Star Trek, it’s always about this vision of what the future might be. What do you think the future will be in terms of NASA …

LEONARD NIMOY: Well, Star Trek was always positive about the future, that was one of the great things audiences always enjoyed. It was always a very optimistic future, very positive. And I think one of the most important things Star Trek had to offer was to explain to young people what the possibilities of science were. To excite people about the idea of being scientists, engineers and so forth. We need those kind of people who have a vision for the future like that.

Carroll wrapped up the interview, but back in Atlanta, Costello kept going a little further.

CAROL COSTELLO: Could I just say that I admire you? And in the new Star Trek movie [the 2009 version] you had a very prominent role, Leonard Nimoy, and I enjoyed it very much. You’re fantastic.

CARROLL: In fact, Carol, we were talking about that … [to Nimoy] Carol, Carol Costello, the anchor … remember we were talking about the new Star Trek movie. It was great, you did a great job in it. And we were just about talking about that just before … will you be in another Star Trek movie?

NIMOY: Uhh, we’re talking. We’re talking.

CARROLL: Talking, Carol. [laughs] Hopefully.

The script for Star Trek 2 is done, and so is most of the shooting – but just the same, will Nimoy make a return for “Star Trek 2”?  It may not be a pivotal role like the first time, but we think there’s a good chance.

– 30 –