91. Ray Bradbury, Visionary Author

The lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program describes Bradbury's formative influence.

RELATED TAGS: MARS, SPACE EXPLORATION

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When the Curiosity rover reached Mars on August 6, our science team at NASA debated what to name its touchdown site. On August 22—what would have been the 92nd birthday of science fiction luminary Ray Bradbury—we dubbed the site Bradbury Landing. The simple reason we chose that name is that it garnered the most votes. The deeper reason is that Ray Bradbury’s writings had a powerful effect on many of us in the room.

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