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Star Trek’s George Takei Gets His Own Asteroid October 2, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in astronomy, george takei, Sci Fi, Science, science fiction, scifi, space, Star Trek, sulu.
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As the helmsman of the Starship Enteprise, Mr Sulu flew past many asteroids.

Now, George Takei (the actor who played Sulu) is getting an actual bona fide asteroid named after him.

WOW.

Last week the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union approved the name “7307 Takei” for the asteroid previously labeled “1994 GT9.” The Takei reference will be used in the scientific community to identify this minor body from now on, presumably forever.

Asteroid 7307 Takei is approximately 5 miles in diameter, located in an orbit ranging between 2.5 and 3.0 AUs from the Sun in the mid-solar system asteroid belt (an AU is the distance from the Sun to the Earth).

“I am honored, indeed transported to the galaxies, to know that my name has been assigned to an astronomical object in our solar system,” Takei told STARTREK.COM. “I am yet to come down to Earth.”

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