Sailing to Mars

When I was a kid, I read a series of books by an obscure French writer. I was totally amazed by the way he talked about terraforming Mars, and also about travelling to other planets with solar sailing ships. Today, I read about UK Space Agency and Nasa developing a solar propelled spacecraft, and it brought me back in time, when I was reading these epic stories.  I didn’t read anything like that in years.

I daydreamed about a space transposition of the XVIIth century world, with these bold sailors exploring new seas, new worlds. Sailing spaceships tacking in the asteroid belt, going from Mars to Titan space stations just by the power of their solar sails. It would be fun, really.