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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043413

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.001.0001

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The Darkness between the Stars

The Darkness between the Stars

(p.13) 2 The Darkness between the Stars
Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

In chapter 2, Bradbury enters the public debate over the curtailment of the Apollo program, beginning with his Los Angeles Times op-ed column, “Apollo Murdered: The Sun Goes Out.” For the moment, Bradbury placed more hope on unmanned Mars missions such as Mariner 9, and played a prominent role in the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mariner 9 events and book, Mars and the Mind of Man. Bradbury wrote the forward and the conclusion for this book, citing Arnold Toynbee’s concept of “challenge and response,” the need to face up to cultural challenges or face extinction, as the motivation for colonizing other worlds.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, Apollo, Mariner 9, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Arnold Toynbee, challenge and response, Mars and the Mind of Man

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