Happy Birthday, George Takei, You Heavenly Body, You

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Happy Birthday, George Takei, You Heavenly Body, You

Here's wishing an out of this world 79th birthday to actor and nerd god George Takei.

Among his many earthly and beyond honors, 'The International Space Object Naming Registry' named an asteroid after the 1960's Star Trek co-star George Takei. When Takei was told of the honor that made him officially a heavenly body, he remarked in his usual good natured baritone: "Wow, I'm now so far out of the closet, I'm in outer space."

Asked if Takei was the first openly gay person to have an object in outer space named after them, a Registry spokeswoman said, "No, one of the Gemini twins. Gay. Orion... let's just say his arrow went both ways. And, don't get us started on Uranus."

The registry also announced that a comet was being named after the Kardashians. Mostly, because it apparently has no real purpose, appeared out of nowhere and no one can figure out how to get rid of it.