Star Trek veteran William Shatner has recorded a special message for scientists at the European Space Agency (Esa) as they landed a probe on a comet.

The actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original sci-fi franchise, taped a video for the Esa's Rosetta team ahead of the mission on Wednesday (12Nov14) which aimed to land a probe named Philae on the surface of the icy body.

In the clip, which is set to the hit Tv show's theme music, Shatner says, "Good luck Rosetta... Philae's gonna land!... I am so excited and I wish you such good luck. Good wishes from all of us here in Los Angeles."

The probe landed successfully on Wednesday.