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Share Your Story • Kurt Zeppetello • December 10, 2012

Star Trek Sparks An Interest

I can’t say it was one specific event that sparked my interest in astronomy or science for that matter but I would certainly attribute some it to the original Star Trek series. I was born in January 1966, the year Star Trek premiered and vaguely remember watching later episodes and reruns as a toddler. So I give credit to Gene Roddenberry for creating Star Trek and also to my parents watching it. My interest expanded in middle school as our school actually had a planetarium and the instructor did multiple presentations throughout the year. It exploded when Star Wars came out in the late 1970s. Finally, in 1980, Cosmos by Carl Sagan was shown to the world and I was glued to the television during the series. Cosmos solidified my interest in astronomy and made me want to pursue a career in science although I specialized in geochemistry rather than astronomy.

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