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Fans share snaps with iconic Star Trek star William Shatner in Vancouver (PHOTOS)

"Live long and prosper."
William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on the TV series Star Trek, appeared at Fan Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre in February 2022.

"Live long and prosper."

Trekkies from across the Lower Mainland had the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with one of the iconic TV show's most popular stars. 

William Shatner—who played Captain James T. Kirk on the long-running series Star Trek—appeared at Fan Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre over the weekend.  

The 90-year-old Montreal-born actor met fans on Saturday (Feb.19) for autograph signings, pictures and answered audience questions on a panel; he also gave a speech that included a variety of topics regarding his life, lengthy career, and his recent "out-of-this-world" trip to space.

Fan Expo offered three days of pop culture-infused activities, shopping, and programming for the whole family that included cosplay, celebrity meet-and-greets, and live events like Sketch Duels, the Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup and much more. 

Numerous locals took to Twitter after meeting the Star Trek star to share photos they captured of him speaking to the audience and meet-and-greet moments with fans. 

In October 2021, Shatner and three fellow passengers hurtled to an altitude of 66.5 miles (107 kilometres) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule, then safely parachuted back to Earth. The flight lasted just over 10 minutes.

“What you have given me is the most profound experience," an exhilarated Shatner told Jeff Bezos after climbing out the hatch, the words spilling from him in a soliloquy almost as long as the flight. “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”

He said that going from the blue sky to the utter blackness of space was a moving experience: "In an instant you go, `Whoa, that’s death.' That’s what I saw.”

Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record — set by a passenger on a similar jaunt on a Bezos spaceship in July — by eight years. The flight included about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth.

With files from the Canadian Press