Octavia E. Butler Landing — Now, The New Rover’s Home Base, On Mars…

She was a multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner — and like Ray Bradbury before her, she now marks the second sci-fi author to have terrain on Mars named after her. Clearly she deserves the honor — being, at one time, a “Hidden Figure” of sci-fi writing, in the early 1970s. That was until, as she put it, she “wrote herself into the genre“.

So we are thrilled to celebrate her, along with the first wheel-tracks now underway and rolling — at the site, on Barsoom overnight. Excellent! The latest, from NASA/JPL — and Mars mission HQ:

. . .NASA has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. The landing location is marked with a star in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). . . .

We are grinning ear to ear. Simply… beaming. Be excellent to one another, and encourage all your little ones to. . . explore, to experiment. . . and most of all, to dare mighty things!


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