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Space shuttle Endeavour crew launch their own Star Trek poster

Space shuttle Endeavour crew members are big enough Star Trek fans to pose for a Trekkie poster, modeled after the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie.

By Clara MoskowitzSPACE.com Senior Writer / May 16, 2011

The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour (STS134) recreate their own version of the movie poster from Star Trek.

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The six astronauts flying on NASA's final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour are a serious bunch, but they've got a fun streak too. Case in point: The astronauts apparently like the science fiction franchise "Star Trek" enough to re-enact its most recent movie poster.

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Creating custom mission posters based on popular movies has long been a tradition for NASA shuttle and space station crews. [Gallery: NASA's Most Offbeat Mission Posters]

But while past mission posters have recreated the film versions of "Ocean's Eleven" or the Matrix and Harry Potter movies, the six-man STS-134 crew of Endeavour chose something a bit more space-y: the 2009 reboot of "Star Trek: The Future Begins," directed by J.J. Abrams.

IN PICTURES: Shuttle Endeavour missions

"That was my idea!" Endeavour mission specialist Drew Feustel told SPACE.com.

Feustel said he had seen the movie during a previous spaceflight, when he launched on Atlantis in May 2009 to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

"That movie came out basically the day we launched and we were fortunate to have that movie uplinked to us on orbit," Feustel said. "I really liked the movie. I thought it was pretty neat."

Endeavour's STS-134 astronauts lifted off aboard shuttle Endeavour from here at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning. It is the last voyage for Endeavour before the orbiter is retired. [Photos: Endeavour's Final Mission]

Space, the real final frontier

Feustel said he suggested the latest "Star Trek" film as the theme for the STS-134 poster, and the rest of the crew agreed.

But Feustel's crewmate Greg Chamitoff remembered it differently.

"I kept trying to remember whose idea that was, and I think it might have been mine," Chamitoff said in an interview.

Regardless of the origin of the poster idea, the crew seemed to unite behind the concept.

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