I was just learning how to read as a child. I went to our makeshift bookshelf and grabbed my fathers copy of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. I didn't quite know how to read yet, but I started to sound out individual words. I started thumbing through and noticed these beautiful pictures of stars, planets, nebula, and galaxies! I knew at that moment that this book was special, so I hid it from my father for a long time until I was old enough to read and understand it better. I didn't want anyone else to know what I knew about the Cosmos. It wasn't until about 5th grade that I had a great teacher who was nuts about space, Mr. Mallon. He really got me excited and interested about space and I would stay after school and talk more about space. It was then when I started to understand the Cosmos.
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