Ray Bradbury honoured by NASA Mars team

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  • Published: Aug 23, 2012
  • Author: Steve Down
  • Channels: Base Peak / Infrared Spectroscopy / NMR Knowledge Base / UV/Vis Spectroscopy / Proteomics / X-ray Spectrometry / Atomic / Raman / Chemometrics & Informatics / MRI Spectroscopy
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The NASA team in charge of the current Mars mission have named the landing site of the Curiosity rover Bradbury Landing, in honour of the science fiction write Ray Bradbury who died earlier this year. One of Bradbury's books was The Martian Chronicles and his acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 was adapted successfully into a film in 1966.

"This was not a difficult choice for the science team," said Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity. "Many of us and millions of other readers were inspired in our lives by stories Ray Bradbury wrote to dream of the possibility of life on Mars." In 1971, Bradbury took part in a symposium at Caltech with other luminaries Arthur C. Clarke, journalist Walter Sullivan, and scientists Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray and you can seem him give a humorous address to the symposium here and talk about Mars [video appears after 24 seconds].

This week, Curiosity continued its successful series of tests by driving a short distance away from its landing spot and leaving the first vehicle tracks on Mars. Following further tests on the rover and its 10 science instruments, it will move off to its primary target to study the layered rocks near the base of Mount Sharp at the edge of the Gale Crater.

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