But the "Martian Chronicles" author, who visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech often, wasn't left out of the mission.
Scientists and engineers announced on Wednesday that the spot where Curiosity touched down on Mars' Gale Crater is officially known as "Bradbury Landing."
Bradbury would have been 92 on August 22.
NASA scientist Michael Meyer said Bradbury "inspired our curiosity and opened our minds to the possibility of life on Mars."
Deciding to name the landing spot after the author was easy, he said, because many scientists were inspired by his work.
Peter Theisinger, the mission's project manager, said Bradbury was a friend to JPL and he had the pleasure of meeting him once.
They screened a video from Nov. 12, 1971 in which Bradbury joked about Martians holding up signs declaring he was right in his depiction of Mars.
-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News