What You Can Get Away With » Space

Sad news comes that Arthur C. Clarke has died. I can remember watching his Mysterious World series as a child, and then his books being one of the reasons that got me into SF – particularly Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood’s End.

When the first European ATV was launched to the International Space Station last week, I noticed that it had been named after Jules Verne and wondered if the ones that follow it would be named after authors too. While there are a number of objects and other things named after him in the stars already – both in reality and fiction – I think it’d be fitting for the second ATV to be named after him

The big blue marble

The European Space Agency have released ‘walking maps’ of Mars at a 1:200,000 scale (each grid square in that image is 15km square). Maybe that should be my next walk?