NASA is mourning the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who played the alien science officer Mr. Spock on the 1960s television series Star Trek as well as in eight motion pictures. Nimoy was hospitalized for chest pains on Feb. 25 and died two days later on Feb. 27. The cause of death was attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — Nimoy was 83.
Nimoy—and the television series for which he was made famous—left an indelible legacy on American culture – as well as the world. Nimoy’s passing was mourned not only by legions of loyal fans, but by scientists, astronauts, and even the President of the United States.
“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to demonstrate, that it is the people around us who matter most.