Inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and technology has always been a part of Star Trek's legacy. I have particularly admired how Nichelle Nichols influenced so many young women to pursue careers at NASA and in STEM since the 70's. As a new board member of The Planetary Society, and through my monthly video newsletter, The Planetary Post, I hope to join Nichelle and promote the message that, if you love Star Trek, you love space exploration and science. 

In my current Planetary Post, I take some young women to meet female scientists at JPL:

I also recently visited the Griffith Observatory. It's one of our great public science treasures in L.A. Check it out:

To learn more about The Planetary Society, please visit And just tell them The Doctor sent you.

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