Leonard Nimoy is honored with a space flight
Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy never got the opportunity to visit space before he passed away in 2015. But, thanks to his daughter, Julie Nimoy, and Blue Origins, a token of Nimoy’s memory has made the journey. According to Yahoo Entertainment, she wears a small, silver pendant that bears the initials of Spock’s signature phrase: “Live long and prosper” and she approached Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of astronaut, Alan Shepard, to ask if Churchley would take the “LLAP” pendant into space. It was a request Churchley didn’t mind honoring.
"“My dad would have wanted to launch into space and spread his enduring message of hope and inspiration for all to live long and prosper.”"
Blue Origin shared a special note about the pendant to honor Leonard Nimoy
So for the December 11th flight, the pendant joined Churchley, Good Morning America host, Michael Strahan; investor Evan Dick; CEO Dylan Taylor; and father and son duo Lane and Cameron Bess, on a trip into the cosmos. Blue Origin shared the news with its Twitter followers, saying that the one-of-a-kind pendant paid tribute to Leonardy Nimoy and that the pendant represented the message he strongly believed in which was peace, tolerance, and unity for the future.
Fans responded with heartfelt messages, most of which confirmed that Nimoy deserved this, and many shared his iconic message “Live Long and Prosper.” It was a wonderful way to pay tribute to an actor who, though gone for six years, has never left our minds or our hearts. Nimoy was truly a prince among men, and we were better for having been introduced to Mr. Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series and to learn from the man who made him the icon that he was.