The death of Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, shook everyone and brought tributes from around the entire world. The actor, best known for his longtime role on Star Trek, will be remembered for decades and centuries to come as he was loved by so many. That was evident as to the tribute he got in the form of a Vulcan hand salute from an astronaut at the space station.
— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) February 28, 2015
NBC News reported that American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted the photo shortly after hearing of the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Straight from the International Space Station, it was one of the most fitting tributes to see Spock’s famous Vulcan salute coming from the final frontier.
Nimoy died on Friday at the age of 83, and it wasn’t entirely a surprise, but still shocking to so many. Susan Bay Nimoy, his wife, confirmed his passing on Friday and said that it was the end-stage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Earlier in the week, he was rushed to the hospital after he began complaining about severe chest pain. The world was in severe states of mourning after the wonderful man, best known as Mr. Spock, passed away on Friday.
Friends and fans alike were tweeting and posting tributes to him because of his TV character and also the great person he was. Leonard Nimoy was someone that always seemed to have a gasp on present-day reality and the future as well.
Perhaps, he kind of knew what was coming and many wonder that fact after seeing his final tweet posted on February 23.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Virts made the spread “V” symbol with his hand and took a picture of it with the spacious and beautiful Earth in the background. He then tweeted it out for all to see, and there was no caption necessary at all.
As The Daily Mail reported, Virts has piloted the space shuttle Endeavor and is currently the commander of Expedition 43 aboard the International Space Station. It was a fitting tribute and one that was leaps and bounds above those left on solid ground, but all were so loving and appreciated.
The loss of the Star Trek crew member is one that hit the hearts of millions, but his presence will still be felt for so many years to come. A Vulcan salute from space is just so fitting for the loss of Leonard Nimoy.
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