Set phasers to fury! William Shatner has taken to Twitter after Star Trek fans were denied their wish to name one of Pluto’s moons after the fictional planet of Vulcan.
Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in the classic sci-fi series, managed to successfully nominate Vulcan for inclusion in a poll by The Seti Institute when it was announced that they would allow the public to name two of two of Pluto's newly discovered moons, known then as P4 and P5. Despite overwhelming the poll, however, Trekkies were snubbed.
Shatner’s response, whilst tongue-in-cheek, was one of obvious disappointment. “I think they used us for promotional purposes! They’re probably Star Wars fans!” he tweeted. “Star Trek fans have had it rough. First JJ blows up Vulcan and now SETI finds a loophole to deny it from coming back! Who’d ever thought I’d be betrayed by geeks and nerds?”
Seti - the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence - opted instead to name P4 and P5, Kerberos and Styx.
Kerberos is a version of Cerberus the three-headed dog of Greek mythology, with the spelling changed to avoid confusion with an asteroid named Cerberus. Styx is the mythological river that separates the world of the living from the realm of the dead.
The Seti committee defended their veto by stating that there were already too many objects in space named Vulcan.