“Star Trek fandom has gone orbital: European astronaut and Trekkie Samantha Cristoforetti, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, tweeted a photo of herself in a uniform from the one of “Star Trek” TV series.
“'There’s coffee in that nebula’ … ehm, I mean… in that #Dragon,” Cristoforetti wrote in a Twitter post last Friday, as she looked out the window of the orbiting outpost at the Dragon space capsule that arrived carrying 4,300 lbs. (1,950 kilograms) of food, scientific experiments and other supplies.
In the photo, Cristoforetti appears to be wearing a uniform similiar to those worn by actors on “Star Trek: Voyager,” the fourth live-action TV series in the venerable science ficition franchise.
The quote, “There’s coffee in that nebula,” comes from the early episode “The Cloud” and was uttered by Kathryn Janeway, captain of the USS Voyager, who was well known for her love of coffee: black.
Cristoforetti’s choice of words has a second meaning, because the Dragon spacecraft, built and operated by SpaceX, delivered a load of cargo to the space station that included the first-ever space espresso machine. Prior to the coffee machine’s arrival, the only java option aboard the orbiting laboratory was powdered instant coffee.”
When asked about his experience working with Harlan Ellison on Star Trek, Executive Story Consultant John D.F. Black had this to say:
“Dear little Harlan. I like him. Even when we were going through all of that. He always wanted to be on the set. Always. First he wanted an office on the lot. So we got him one — a little bitty office at the end of the hall and he had it all to himself. Then he installed his portable record player so he could listen to his jazz records as he was writing — or as he was supposedly writing.
"Harlan would be in there with this rock and roll playing very loud, with the casting people trying to have readings and saying ‘Turn it down, Harlan’ I couldn’t hear people in my office on the telephone and I’d tell him to 'Turn it down!’ At one point, I guess the second or third day that he was there, I walked down the hall, because the Stones were playing — loud. I knocked on the door and there wasn’t any answer. I opened the door and Harlan wasn’t there!”