SETI bioastro: Fw: a message from Ray Bradbury

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Date: Tue Dec 03 2002 - 21:02:44 PST

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From: Ray Bradbury
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 2:07 PM
To: Planetary Society
Subject: a message from Ray Bradbury

Dear Friends,

Twenty years ago, I had my first "Martian encounter"
with Planetary Society co-founders Carl Sagan and
Bruce Murray, along with Arthur C. Clarke and Walter
Sullivan, at Caltech in Pasadena.

It was clear that this mob of bright minds understood
that we do not go to other worlds because they are
there, but because we must. Some day, I know we will
prevail on Mars and the other planets, putting forth
something of ourselves and shouting, "I'll be damned!
Yes! We had a vision. Now we know it was right!"

As you know, playing a part in this journey into
space has often been the province of just a select
few scientists and engineers. But thanks to The
Planetary Society, other dreamers like us - hundreds
of thousands of us from around the world - have had
the chance to play a direct and meaningful role in
the exploration of other worlds.

In fact, we Members of the Society, united by our
commitment to uncovering new knowledge about the
stars and planets that share our corner of the galaxy,
have often been the driving force that has kept this
journey alive.

Indeed, time and time again, our efforts have led to
some of the most exciting advances in space science
and exploration in the past two decades.

Like Carl and the rest of us, you, too, understand
that we have no choice but to explore those other
worlds. You know how important it is for our
visionary Society to remain strong, vibrant, and
able to "make it happen".

That is why I hope you will join me in giving
Planetary Society Gift Memberships this holiday
season to your friends, colleagues, and family
members. Your help will ensure that we make
this grand adventure come to fruition.

Happy Holidays.


Ray Bradbury

Gift Memberships to The Planetary Society-
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in the Continental US

P.S. A Free Holiday Gift - All new members to
The Planetary Society will receive the
"Pale Blue Dot" poster inscribed with
Carl Sagan's inspirational words.


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