NASA is helping the legacy of inspiration, hope, and diversity fostered by the creator of Star Trek to live long and prosper. The agency will observe the late Gene Roddenberry's 100th birthday with a special program called Celebrating Gene Roddenberry: Star Trek's Bridge and NASA – a panel discussion airing on NASA Television, the agency's website, the NASA App, and NASA social media at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 19.
The program includes introductory remarks by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rod Roddenberry, son of Gene Roddenberry. Special guest George Takei, Star Trek actor and activist, will participate in the question-and-answer session.
The NASA panelists includes:
- Tracy Drain, Europa Clipper flight systems engineer
- Hortense Diggs, director of the Office of Communications and Public Engagement at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
- Swati Mohan, lead for Mars 2020 Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Operations at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
- Jonny Kim, NASA astronaut
Coinciding with the program, NASA will broadcast into space a 1976 recording of Gene Roddenberry's remarks on diversity and inclusion through the agency's Deep Space Networkof radio antennas. NASA also is inviting people on social media to join celebrating Roddenberry's 100th birthday on Thursday by posting a Vulcan salute selfie with the hashtag #Roddenberry100.