The Star Trek crew and the Enterprise via NASA

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Via Knowmore:

NASA posted the photo above on Friday, following news that Leonard Nimoy passed away in Los Angeles at age 83. The photo shows NASA officials and “Star Trek” cast members standing together in 1976 in front of NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise, named for show’s iconic spacecraft.

As Star Trek’s Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock, Nimoy was an inspiration for many at NASA. He often joined other cast members in at NASA special events and promoting NASA missions, as in the photo above.

From left to right are NASA Administrator James D. Fletcher; DeForest Kelley, who portrayed Dr. “Bones” McCoy on the series; George Takei (Mr. Sulu); James Doohan (Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott); Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura); Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock); series creator Gene Roddenberry; U.S. Rep. Don Fuqua (D.-Fla.); and, Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov).

Captain Kirk was probably off cavorting with some space babe.

Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and he prospered

William Shatner, Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy from the original "Star Trek." Nimoy died today.

William Shatner, Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy from  “Star Trek.” Nimoy died today at 83.

One of the things I remember about Leonard Nimoy was that through the character Spock, he made intellectualism and logic seem cool. He’s been Spock forever (or for those who’ve lived long enough, since 1966) and in the course of Star Trek history, Spock has lived, died, been reborn and was the reason for a time line that last had him consulting with his younger self.

As Spock would say, “That is illogical,” but we accepted it because in science fiction, no one ever dies.

Spock joins Bones and Scotty in the reality afterlife (Deforest Kelley died in 1999. James Doohan died in 2005.) But they live forever in our television and film libraries.

(I won’t get into the “In Search of …” series, or his role as Paris in “Mission Impossible.”)

Let’s end this with a “Spock off”:

A few charts to help you through the Oscars tonight

For those of you who enjoy looking at the past, here’s an infographic that shows the films with the most nominations and the most wins (click throughout to enlarge):

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For you fashion mavens, here’s an updated chart of all the gowns worn by the best actress winners (check out Joanne Woodward and Julie Christie for the best acting seamstress award):

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And finally, if you’re in an Oscar pool and have to wager on the winner in all of the categories except best actress and best supporting actress, put your money on the middle-age white guy:

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And the winner is …

Gilbert Gottfried reads ’50 Shades of Grey’ (so you don’t have to)

You all know that “50 Shades of Grey” is just a porn version of “Twilight,” right? And if you thought “Twilight” was great literature, you’ll still think “50 Shades” sucks, and not in the erotic sense.

So, here’s a clip that gives the S&M wannabe the gravitas it deserves (yeah, it’s NSFW)

If you dare pick up this book, you have to read it with that voice in your head as the narrator.

And, why is it that when the movie came out, the advance ticket sales went through the roof in the South?

The highly anticipated big-screen version of EL James‘ best-selling erotic novel is selling more advance tickets than average in many Southern and Midwestern states, according to Fandango. In particular, pre-sales for Fifty Shades are nearly four times better than average pre-sales in Mississippi, the online ticket retailer added. Sales are, similarly, at least two times better than expected in Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama and Louisiana.

I guess these are Red States because everyone there is going through 50 shades of embarrassment.