A few hours ago, William Shatner sent a message to a spacecraft far above the surface of our planet, inquiring about the shipboard activities of Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who is currently documenting an extended stay on the International Space Station.

Hadfield, who has passed his time on the ISS with cultural enrichment, replied in the affirmative.

Hadfield then reminded Shatner of a previous interaction, this one involving a miniature duplicate of the astronaut — an image Shatner would later retransmit to his own audience of millions. Hadfield himself will likely continue sending missives from the ISS until May, when his mission concludes.