While I cannot say that APOD has, in general, increased my interest in NASA, it has increased my interest in specific NASA Centers. You see, my father worked as a Civil Servant for NASA-JSC from 1965 until his retirement in 2006, and I have worked for NASA-JSC as a contractor for nearly 20 years. As a kid, I always dreamed of seeing the "Star Trek" fantasy come to fruition, always dreamed of seeing humans explore the cosmos. To be a part of that is intoxicating when things go right. And while the ever-changing moving target called “NASA’s mission” and the red tape are maddening, and being under the charge of a non-scientific community (i.e., Congress and the Executive Branch) can be demoralizing at times, I cannot imagine doing or wanting to do anything else. Because of that, I think that APOD always REAFFIRMS why I stay here and continually shows others why we need to keep going. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."