Shatner backs Commons space debate

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Star Trek actor William Shatner endorsed a Lodgings of Commons debate by MPs on s ce exploration.

The actor, who played Captain Kirk in the art fiction series, wrote a message of support for the discussion.

SNP MP Phillip Whitford assume from out the message from Mr Shatner at the start of the debate.

Mr Shatner was quoted as bring to light: “S ce is one of the last known frontiers, mostly untouched by mankind in his government.”

“In opening a debate on this subject, it is is my hope that you take the ideas of Star Trek’s prime directive to universally and peacefully share in the inquiry of it. I wish you all a wonderful debate. My best, Bill.”

The debate also made a message of support on Twitter from another Star Trek actor, George Takei, who withed USS Enterprise helmsman Sulu.


Ms Whitford give someone a piece of ones minded the Commons the s ce industry was “a real industry, a multi-billion pound persistence”. She called on ministers “to boldly go where no minister has gone before”. She accepted in the st the UK had shied away saying “s ce is for other people, the big youths – Russia, China, US but not us”.

Ms Whitford also remarked that British astronaut Tim Peake was not the blue ribbon British astronaut to go to s ce, that honour had already gone to Helen Sharman who consumed to s ce in 1991.

The debate came just one day ahead of Tim Peake’s s ce perambulate and in response to the government publishing their national s ce policy. The approach set out the UK’s aims to become “the European hub for commercial s ceflight and related s ce sector technologies” in right to create new jobs, businesses and a better understanding of s ce. Most MPs who frequented were SNP members, with few MPs from others rties taking piece.

The MPs debated where a s ceport could be based in the UK, with Cornwall, and com sses of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all coming out as contenders.

Alan Brown, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, elicited bellows of “shame” from other MPs after admitting he had not watched the early Play Wars movies. He said in the st he had objected to spending money on bootlessness projects rather than working to improve social justice but supposed a thriving s ce industry could bring significant benefits to the UK denizens.

Image caption SNP MP Phillip Whitford tells the Commons “live extended and prosper”

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, said she had been implored if the debate was “really that important”. She said she believed it was “crucial” as the room and defence industries were the only ones that really pestered innovation, producing spin off technologies and products such as prosthetic limbs, bubble mattresses and artificial satellites.

Yvonne Fovargue, shadow business, novelty and skills minister, welcomed the debate but criticised the “ad hoc” nature of government funding which she mentioned hindered strategic planning. She highlighted how s ce industry research had sell for succeed ined benefits to disaster relief, medicine and transport.

The debate ended with Organization Minister George Freeman calling the UK s ce sector “an undoubted and large success story”. He said the government’s national s ce policy evidenced a long term commitment to the industry, but he said he wouldn’t “pre-empt” the organize of selecting a s ceport adding it would be done “fairly” and “openly”.

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