I was 11; I took solace in dreaming of the great unknown expanse that was "space". My bedroom's floral yellow wallpaper came crumbling down at the hands of my adolescent fingers, replaced by creamy blue paint. 'Round the ceiling fan I went, painting a ying yang, dividing my ceiling between light and dark. On the dark side I painted stars in their correct constellations adding glow in the dark paint to give my room the perfect outdoor ambiance.
I'm in my 20s now and I still read the NASA blogs weekly (my favorite being anything about the Hubble Telescope). I listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson's podcasts about ‘Star Talk'. Every trip to a quiet town outside the city means my Celestron telescope is packed. Our favorite Smithsonian museum is the National Air and Space Museum where I can touch a moon rock and take a simulation ride through space. I'm still a little space science nerd deep down, and always will be.
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