Reactions and condolences continue to pour in for Leonard Nimoy who passed away on Friday at the age of 83, the most notable of which actually came from outer space.
While not exactly coming all the way from Vulcan, astronauts on the International Space Station only a few miles above the Earth’s atmosphere paid tribute to the late Mr. Spock.
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American astronaut Terry Virts simply posted a picture of his hand making the Vulcan greeting on Twitter. His hand is placed over a window in which the Earth can be seen below the station.
Leonard Nimoy himself invented the famed Vulcan salute or sign for hello and goodbye from the Jewish traditions. It is actually what a Cohen (Jewish Priest) does while blessing a congregation. He stretches both hands up above his head and outward while making somewhat of a “V” shape with both hands by separating the right two and left two fingers from one another.
Some of the more famous people who have tweeted their regrets at Nimoy’s passing have included Geraldo Rivera who said, “Awful about Mr. Spock. RIP Leonard Nimoy, who was a paragon of virtue & reason and played one on TV.”
Jason Alexander wrote, “I shall truly miss Leonard Nimoy. He gave us a great gift that will last for ages. A good soul and kind man. RIP.”
Actor Steve Guttenberg, who Nimoy directed in the 1987 hit comedy “3 Men and a Baby, ” said, “Leonard Nimoy was smart, warm and had a personality that made everyone feel comfortable. He was a talented actor, director, poet and photographer. But his most enduring quality was his kindness and his desire to make you the most you could be. Like everyone who knew or knew of him, I will miss him.”
Nimoy’s former co-star George Takei who played Sulu tweeted, “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to “Live Long And Prosper, ” and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”