Leonard Nimoy's death this week hasn't just hit the entertainment world and Verge staffers hard. NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a simple Spock tribute yesterday while aboard the International Space Station.
pic.twitter.com/ErjTLgCIrLVirts' Vulcan salute is a symbol of Star Trek's lasting influence on space exploration.
— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) February 28, 2015
"Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most."