The crew of space shuttle Discovery received a wake up call today. day 12 of the shuttle's final mission.
Before they set to work they were roused by the voice of William Shatner, (who played Captain James Tiberius Kirk on the original Star Trek television series) with Alexander Courage's theme song in the background.
Shatner replaced the original television introduction with, "Space, the final frontier. These have been the voyages of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
"Her 30 year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before."
NASA's site said that Discovery's astronauts "activated one of the ship's three auxiliary power units and performed a checkout of the orbiter's flight control surfaces."
"This standard day-before-entry test provides assurance to the crew and Mission Control that Discovery's elevons and speed brake will provide control once the shuttle enters the atmosphere for Wednesday's 11:57am EST landing."
Boing Boing site including Youtube clip: William Shatner, as Star Trek's Kirk, delivers wakeup call for Discovery STS-133 crew