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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke Passes Today at 90

Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer and "futurist" who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka. He was 90 [video]. Linked is the account from Times Online in London, The New York Times and audio from NPR.

Clarke is credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position relative to the ground, are called "Clarke orbits."

Several real-life space vessels have been named in honor of his fiction works, as a testament to how they helped scientists envision the future of humanity's place in the cosmos [video]. NASA named the command module for the Apollo 13 mission as well as a Martian orbiter after Clarke's 'Odyssey' [video].

"Sir Arthur's positive vision of the future excited generations about space exploration, and inspired millions to pursue scientific careers," said Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 lunar astronaut.

Clarke was also honored by the United Kingdom, which had him knighted in 2000, and Sri Lanka, [video] which bestowed upon the author its highest civilian honor in 2005. Sir Arthur will be missed by the international space community. Ad Astra our friend!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

now he will know...a new begining