Science Fiction becomes science fact … cool!
When astronauts return to the Moon in the years ahead, they might encounter electrified fountains and other strange things.
March 30, 2005: It’s astonishing how prophetic some science fiction has been.
Back in 1956, two years before NASA was even created, Hal Clement wrote a short story called “Dust Rag” published in Astounding Science Fiction, about two astronauts descending into a crater on the Moon to investigate a mysterious haze dimming stars near the lunar horizon. After discarding a wild guess that they were seeing traces of a lunar atmosphere–“gases don’t behave that way”–they figured it had to be dust somehow suspended above the ground.
The last line of the article …
It’s not science fiction any more.
NOTE: Originally posted: March 2005 (recreated from mangled original bambismusings.blogspot.com)