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Galileo Galilei (left)

Galileo Galilei was a 17th century Earth astronomer and physicist who lived in Italy, Europe.

In 1610, he discovered the Jovian moon Europa. (PIC: "Watcher")

In the eponymous play, Cyrano de Bergerac was an admirer of Galilei and hoped he'd meet him and Socrates after his death. (TNG: "The Nth Degree")

He was one of six Human astronomers honored with a monument located in front of the Griffith Observatory, the others being Hipparchus, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and William Herschel. (VOY: "Future's End")

In 2269, the immortal Flint claimed to have known Galileo personally. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")

Several Federation shuttlecraft were named after Galileo during the 23rd and 24th centuries. (See: Galileo)

In 2369, Keiko O'Brien taught her class about Galileo rather than the Prophets after Winn Adami became opposed to her teachings. When Jake Sisko commented to Benjamin Sisko that he thought it was stupid for Galileo to be tried and convicted and his books burned by the Inquisition for teaching that the Earth moved around the sun, his father told him it was easy to look back with hindsight to judge what was right and wrong. (DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets")

The episode "Distant Origin" was based on Executive Producer Rick Berman's recommendation that the episode be a metaphor for Galileo.
Star Trek: Discovery writers Erika Lippoldt and Bo Yeon Kim stated that they often imagined Saru as the Galileo of his people. [1]

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