R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke, one of the greatest science fiction writers, has died. He’s probably best known for “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which he co-wrote with Stanley Kubrick. Clarke was 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.

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