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As a tribute to recently demised well known legend of science fiction, Ray Bradbury, I found this article absolutely remarkable. I’m sure my fellow readers will enjoy it.


In the 1940s, when a young Ray Bradbury began a series of stories that would eventually become The Martian Chronicles, man had yet to even send a satellite into space. Since then, six U.S.-launched landers have touched down on Mars, with a seventh, Curiosity, due to land in 60 days.

The first images sent back by Viking 1 in 1976 confirmed what scientists already knew — nothing like the advanced Martian societies of Bradbury’s imagination existed on the planet. Still, scientists are hopeful that we’ll find signs of past life; more importantly, many of them were inspired to explore Mars in the first place thanks to works like The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.

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One of those people was Ashley Stroupe. She first read his work as a 10-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Washington…

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