Then, on Saturday, American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this photo while aboard the International Space Station:
 
 


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Many scientists have said that Nimoy inspired them. Nimoy and his wife donated $1 million to the Griffith Park observatory complex. The theater there bears his name “to honor Leonard Nimoy’s expansive and inclusive approach to public astronomy and artful inspiration,” a statement from the observatory reads. “Mr. Nimoy was committed to people, community, and the enlarged perspective conferred by science, the arts, and the places where they meet.”

William Shatner said he would mourn the loss of his "brother" while George Takei called Nimoy the consummate "team actor", putting almost as much into other's performances as he did his own. J.J. Abrams, who directed Nimoy in the two most recent Star Trek theatrical releases tweeted:

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Finally, President Barack Obama remembered the late actor, saying, "Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time."

Nimoy was many things: actor, director, writer, poet and artist. Father, husband, friend and humanitarian. As was said about is character, Spock in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn", "Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most.... human." Today as you are fondly remembered and laid to rest, I am sad for your wife, children, and the rest of your family for their lost of the private Leonard Nimoy. For today, the needs of the one, outweigh the needs of the many.