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iCuriosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave' Site on Mount Sharp. This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the Mojave site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp. i© NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.

As shown by NASA, on Mars and its landscape machines parts built by humans appears in the foreground. These are traces of some kind of ahead of time humanisation that certifies the alterations of the surrounding space, which are connected with the establishment of our species, and that is put before the word that becomes a noun in the process of taking possession of a place

«Ask me, then, if I believe in the spirit of the things as they were used, and I'll say yes. They're all here. All the things which had uses. All the mountains which had names. And we'll never be able to use them without feeling uncomfortable. And somehow the mountains will never sound right to us; we'll give them new names, but the old names are there, somewhere in time, and the mountains were shaped and seen under those names. The names we'll give to the canals and mountains and cities will fall like so much water on the back of a mallard. No matter how we touch Mars, we'll never touch it. And then we'll get mad at it, and you know what we'll do? We'll rip it up, rip the skin off, and change it to fit ourselves.»
«We won't ruin Mars – said the captain – It's too big and too good.»

«You think not? We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The only reason we didn't set up hot-dog stands in the midst of the Egyptian temple of Karnak is because it was out of the way and served no large commercial purpose. And Egypt is a small part of Earth. But here, this whole thing is ancient and different, and we have to set down somewhere and start fouling it up. We'll call the canal the Rockefeller Canal and the mountain King George Mountain and the sea the Dupont sea, and there'll be Roosevelt and Lincoln and Coolidge cities and it won't ever be right, when there are the _proper_ names for these places.» (1)

[ Ray Bradbury ]

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(1) - Ray Bradbury, from June 2001: "... And the Moon be still AS bright" in The Martian Chronicle, Grand Master Edition, 1984.

iSand Avalanches in Meroe Patera. This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows sand avalanches in Meroe Patera.
© NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.

iHigh Viewpoint for 11-Year-Old Rover Mission on Mars. This panorama is the view NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity gained from the top of the Cape Tribulation segment of the rim of Endeavour Crater.
© NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

title: The Martian Chronicles
author: Ray Bradbury
ISBN: ISBN 9788804493822
size: 10x17,8cm
pages: 182
binding: sofcover
publisher: Grand Master Ed edition
price: 5,50 - 7,92 €
web: www.amazon.com