Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
In the novel, one of Prot's favorite movies is Starman (1984), which starred Jeff Bridges, who played the title role as the alien. See more »
When Dr. Chakraborty is talking about Prot's vision, he describes him being able to see ultraviolet at 300-400 ångström. Generally in the context of vision, ultraviolet wavelength is ~280-400 nanometers or only 2800-4000 ångström. See more »