RIP, or rather, Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy
(March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015)

It is with some sadness we note the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his iconic role as Spock in the 1960s television series Star Trek.

The influence of Star Trek and its characters such as Mr. Spock on American culture would become so great that it reached even the desk of the President of the United States.  In 1976, President Ford approved of the proposal to name the new Space Shuttle “Enterprise,” after Star Trek’s eponymous starship, due in large part to popular demand. 

The space shuttle Enterprise is parked atop its specially-designed 76-wheel transporter at Space Launch Complex Six. In the background is the payload changeout room, 2/19/1985

Documents about the naming of the Space Shuttle “Enterprise” from the Presidential Handwriting File of the Ford Presidential Library and Museum 
(via fordlibrarymuseum)


The original USS Enterprise (designation NCC-1701), designed in 1965, is a classic among Star Trek fans. So much so that when the designs for the revamped Enterprise in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot were revealed, certain of them were outraged. Why change something so iconic that so many grew up with?

Well, after a reboot deemed faithful to Trek heritage and a sequel that was a bit of a mess, it can’t be denied that the scenes showing of the New Enterprise were extremely cool. The only thing that could improve on the formula would be taking Roddenberry’s original and planting it in the new movies. Thankfully, graphic designer Nick Acosta did just that.

Leonard Nimoy passed at the age of 83 from pulmonary disease, but his legacy as the superrational Mr. Spock will be nestled in our memories until the last galaxy flickers out of existence. 

While inseparable  from Star Trek, Nimoy’s career was not confined to exploring new worlds. The director, poet, singer, and photographer was a true artist, who continued creating until his final breath. He embodied the driving tenet of his counterpart Mr. Spock. Nimoy “Live[ed] long and prosper[ed].”