Star Trek inspired me to pursue a career in science (and by extension, science writing). It really is as simple as that.
Through school, college and university, my life was rich in the sci-fi ideas of warp drives, photon torpedoes, the Prime Directive and Jean-Luc Picard's famous line: "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." The spirit of discovery and adventure inspired me to learn about what makes our Universe tick.
Unsurprisingly, on a daily basis I come across scientists who claim the same thing: Star Trek, through its various incarnations, inspired them. For me, I was (and always will be) a Star Trek: The Next Generation geek, but today is a celebration of The Original Series that first aired on this day 45 years ago.
On Sept. 8, 1966, the Star Trek episode "The Man Trap" hit U.S. television screens on NBC and continued to run for three seasons. At the time, Gene Roddenberry's creation failed to generate the fans it has today, struggling with low ratings. By 1969, The Original Series had ended. It wasn't until NBC syndicated the show that it gained popularity in the following years.