For as long as I can remember; since my early childhood I have always found myself interested in all things not of this planet. When I was a child, every time there was a Space Shuttle launch in Cape Canaveral, my mother would record every shuttle launch on VHS and when I got home from school I'd watch it.
I have a few memories where I was so excited by shuttle launches that my teacher would actually allow me to bring the VHS cassette in to class and we'd all watch the launch. As a child, I always found the mysteries of space fascinating. Not knowing what was out there, was there some form of life on a planet somewhere wondering the same question? I'd often role play alien invasions, or alien contacts with army men and I'd build UFOs from LEGOs and I'd role play various scenarios with all sorts of outcomes.
The one thing that secured my fascination was when I was living in Victoria, British Columbia, my parents took me to the local observatory and I watched in awe, as comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter. It was amazing to think that I had just witnessed a planet getting hit by that series of asteroids, and then that started my interest in what would we do if our planet was hit.
To this day, as a 33 year old, I still look up to the stars, wondering if there's an alien life form, looking at the same stars as I am; and my interest will be getting more intensive as there is now a spaceport being built here in Nova Scotia, to launch satellites into orbit, and I hope to see a few launches.
So; how did your interest in space, the universe...everything get started?