While too young to have caught the original Star Trek's airing, my generation and I have nonetheless been inspired by the show and its mantra "To boldly go where no man [later no one] has gone before." The passing of James Doohan, better known as Scottie, brought a lump into my throat. I think Star Trek has long spurred the imaginations of people around the world about the fantastic frontier of space, as well as embodied a greater metaphor. I encourage you to read this excellent AP essay and think about space, the future, and exploration of the unknown.
Beam him up, Goddie.