As images of the starkly beautiful landscape of Mars are beamed back to us from NASA’s Curiosity rover, many are again looking to the stars, as they did at the moon landing, with wonder and fascination.
One man who helped stir mankind’s attraction to the red planet was Farenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury, whose writings (particularly his Martian Chronicles) imagined the surface and nature of the planet long before Curiosity was even thought of.
In tribute to the great author, who died last June, NASA has announced that Curiosity's landing site is to be named ‘Bradbury Landing’. The team guiding the Curiosity rover stated that “it was not a difficult choice… 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”. The announcement was made on 22nd August, on what would have been Bradbury's 92nd birthday.