NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced yesterday that it has dubbed the landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity “Bradbury Landing” in honor of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, who's most popular work was The Martian Chronicles, which portrayed a human invasion of Mars.. It was the Curiosity science team that chose to honor Bradbury, who passed away back in June, and the announcement coincided with what would have been Bradbury’s 92nd birthday.
“This was not a difficult choice for the science team,” said Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity. Bradbury "inspired our curiosity and opened our minds to the possibility of life on Mars."*Bradbury attended Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech events throughout his life, and this week’s announcement was commemorated by the agency with a video of Bradbury reading his poem “If Only We Had Taller Been” at a symposium just before the Mariner 9 orbiter reached Mars in 1971.