by Michael Edwards
He's lived long and he's prospered, but now one of 'Star Trek's most recognizable faces is hanging up his Vulcan ears for good.
80-year-old Leonard Nimoy, famed for his role as science officer Mr. Spock on the USS Enterprise, has officially retired from 'Star Trek' conventions.
He announced his decision at a Chicago convention celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first airing of the 'Star Trek' series. After delivering an hour-long speech about his life he signed off with the famous line: 'live long and prosper', and the Vulcan 'V' sign.
It was an emotional moment for the attending Trekkies, who watched on with signs saying 'We love you Leonard', and marks the end of a decades-long spell of engaging with fans at collective meetings all over the world.
Nimoy had already handed over to the new crew of the Enterprise when he made a short appearance in the J.J. Abrams-helmed reboot of the sci-fi in 2009, though Zachary Quinto has much to live up to in terms of the dedication the star showed to his fans.
Adam Malin, the chief exec of convention organiser Creation Entertainment, has spent 30 years touring with the star and said he "will be missed".
Sadly, it seems that Scotty was not present to pipe a poignant farewell to the sci-fi legend.