posted on Feb, 28 2015 @ 03:34 PM
I am not one who is usually saddened by celebrity deaths. Death is inevitable at this stage in human history and plenty of less famous people pass
away every second of every day (please don't hate me for saying this, it's logical and Spock would approve of this statement), however.....
I really was struck by Leonard Nimoy's passing. I started to cry.
I grew up watching Star Trek The Next Generation and the Star Trek movie franchise which of course caused me to go back and watch the original series
which my mom and dad watched and loved.
I can't help but think that what Star Trek and what Leonard Nimoy's science officer character Spock represented had an impact on me at an
impressionable age and further helped cement the idea in my mind to become an astronomer to perhaps seek out strange new worlds and help to create the
maps of the nearby star systems ala Star Trek's stellar cartography.
If you ask most astronomers, astrophysicists, astronauts, etc you will find many were influenced by sci fi and Star Trek tops that list for many.
Real life imitating art....
Leonard Nimoy's Spock character being half Human and half Vulcan really represented the two sides of humanity and human potential.
Leonard Nimoy's real life involved him being one of the nicest people, a man of peace, incredibly open and truly an inspiration to all who want to
make this world a better place so that the Earth envisioned by Gene Roddenberry in Star Trek can become a reality.
R.I.P Mr. Nimoy, you lived long and prospered. May us all.
edit on 28-2-2015 by JadeStar because: (no reason given)