It's hard to believe, but today, September 8, marks another trip around the sun for the intrepid crew of the star ship Enterprise, as her crew celebrates Star Trek's 48th birthday.

In a way, it's kind of weird - 48 years seems like a long time, but on the other hand, it really doesn't. Can you remember a time when there was no such thing as Star Trek?

I can't. The original Star Trek series was canceled a year before I was born. I've never known a world without Star Trek. With that in mind, 48 years seems kind of short.

This can be put into an entirely different perspective:

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are both 83 years old. They would have both been in their mid 30's when they were cast on the show. Look at this through their eyes if you can.

While you and I instantly associate the actors with the series and their iconic characters, the reality for them is, they both spent nearly half their lives never having heard of Star Trek.

They were both well into their careers before being introduced to the characters they would eventually be identified with. Weird, huh?

Happy 48th birthday, Star Trek. Thank you for almost five decades of awesomeness.