New York, New York (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
With the recent landing of Mars rover Curiosity and death of famed astronaut Neil Armstrong, many Americans have been reflecting on the evolution of space exploration. A recent article from The Los Angeles Times reveals that NASA recently unveiled the name of Curiosity’s landing site, “Bradbury Landing” after noted science-fiction author, Ray Bradbury. Although NASA had already made plans to designate the site after the popular writer, the organization waited until August 22, 2012 to declare “Bradbury Landing” in honor of the author’s 92nd birthday. As a science-fiction expert, Michael Nadar Behzadi comments on the significance of this name and expands on Bradbury’s contribution to science fiction.
“Ray Bradbury is an important figure in terms of science fiction, literature and man’s perception of the world. When he wrote The Martian Chronicles in 1950, man had not even walked on the moon, and now, sixty years later, his fiction is becoming reality as NASA continues to explore the surface of Mars,” notes Michael Nadar Behzadi. Behzadi comments that the name “Bradbury Landing” is more than appropriate, as it is a true symbol of how what was once only imagined in fiction is now a functional scientific study.
According to the article, Bradbury passed away in June at the age of 91 as a result of a prolonged illness – he was months shy of knowing that his dedicated landing site peacefully welcomed the latest Mars rover. As the article notes, Bradbury is cited for being the one responsible for bringing science fiction into mainstream, as he did with his popular Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. Michael Nadar Behzadi shares similar sentiments of the author, noting that although he has passed, his lessons should continue to make an impact on society for years to come.
Although he wrote fiction, Behzadi adds that his stories offer a unique sense of realism that allowed the narratives to introduce “wild, scientific ideas” to the common public. Michael Behzadi concludes, “If readers consider the story of Fahrenheit 451, they may initially be unfamiliar with the concept of a dystopian future, however, Bradbury affords them insight. While Bradbury’s stories may paint a picture that readers have never experienced, he constructed them in ways that made it easy for audiences to jump right in and become a member of a new world. Most importantly, his stories stressed the idea that no matter how complex society becomes or how far the universe expands, it is vital that the human race maintains a high moral standard.”
Michael Behzadi is a pastry chef at a leading culinary hot spot. Through his education and subsequent experience, Michael Behzadi has developed his culinary skills and emerged as a prominent pastry artist. Michael Behzadi is also interested in the science fiction genre, including comic books, and television shows. One of his favorites is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.