The Star Trek actor who played Captain Kirk on the television series is set to head to Antarctica to explore the continent for research, according to an interview with the Guardian.
“I’m heading to Antarctica this summer,” Kirk McCoy told the newspaper.
The actor will spend time in the frigid region for a month with a group of colleagues, according the Guardian, who also reported that he will be taking part in “a number of research projects”. “
You don’t really get to see much of Antarctica, but it’s a very fascinating place and we’ve got the opportunity to study it.”
The actor will spend time in the frigid region for a month with a group of colleagues, according the Guardian, who also reported that he will be taking part in “a number of research projects”.
“He’s been in a lot of movies, but he’s not one of the guys you get to be in a movie with.
He’s a great actor, he’s a fantastic actor, and he’s very passionate about the world and the science of the Antarctic,” said John Hill, a scientist with the US National Science Foundation (NSF) who is assisting the expedition.
“He has a keen interest in the topic, he has a passion for it, so it’s great to see him taking a trip there.”
The expedition, which is set for two weeks, is being run by the UK Antarctic Program, which will be heading up the expedition alongside the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
“I can’t think of a better person to be leading the expedition than Kirk,” said David Bannister, BAS chief executive.
“Kirk’s passion and his interest in Antarctic science are infectious, and it’s very exciting to be working with him.”
McCoy is one of several former Trek actors who have already visited the continent, including William Shatner, Michael Dorn, Leonard Nimoy and Denise Crosby.