An asteroid has been named in honor of beloved Jewish actor Leonard Nimoy.
The late Star Trek star is officially the namesake of a giant rock that is reportedly 10 km across and located in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter. It orbits the Sun one time every 3.9 years, and will now be known as asteroid 4864 Nimoy.
In revealing the news last week, Space Explorer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ron Baalke made sure to include Nimoy’s close friend and Star Trek co-star William Shatner in the announcement.
Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the cult sci-fi series, passed away in March, aged 83, after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His son, Adam Nimoy, subsequently announced plans to honor his dad’s memory in his film For the Love of Spock to celebrate the Star Trek franchise’s 50th anniversary next year, and now he is turning to the public to help raise $600,000 for the project.
He tells Variety.com, “The funding of this film through Kickstarter will enable us to continue with production — which will mostly take the form of filming interviews of dad’s friends, colleagues and family members. It will also enable us to license the hundreds of film clips and still photographs of Mr. Spock as he has appeared on television and in feature films over the last 50 years.”
J-Connection: Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner are both Jewish.