As we now celebrate five decades of the much-beloved Star Trek, its fantastical universe has continually made meaningful crossovers between the worlds of science fiction and real science. Since the very first episode aired back in 1966, intergalactic adventures have generally been more faithful to the foundations of science our real universe is built around than any other space-themed TV show.
Long before I penned Star Trek -- The Official Guide to Our Universe: The True Science Behind the Starship Voyages, my personal journey connecting the Star Trek universe with our universe began at a young age in the mid-1970s in Montreal, Canada, when I would watch Star Trek reruns religiously on Sunday mornings with my dad. I constantly asked him about the myriad of exotic, cosmic places the Enterprise would encounter. I quickly got hooked, mesmerized by the whole idea of the vastness of space. And so it was in large measure that Star Trek directly led my dad to invest in a small telescope that allowed us to launch our own personal voyage through the cosmos.
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