Aloha – Uranus is a distant planet in our Solar System more often used in tasteless humor than in science fiction or astronomy for that matter, but it does have something in common with the short-lived but excellent science fiction series, Firefly, or more specifically in the movie from the series, Serenity. The long held secret in Summer Tam’s mind that is the cause for the region wide search for her is her knowledge of an experiment gone wrong that brought about, or in effect created, the Reavers (think nasty fast moving zombies that love inflicting pain). I won’t explain further in case you haven’t seen the movie, but the issue is tied to the planet, Miranda.
Imagine my surprise when examining the What it would be like to live on series about living on various planets and moons in the Solar System that Miranda is also the name of one of the two moons of Uranus. This excerpt from the article (link below) makes Miranda out to be one of the more interesting places to visit (at least for a few days) in the Solar System:
The surface of Miranda, on the other hand, is incredibly varied and jumbled, resembling a jigsaw puzzle that wasn’t pieced together correctly. It sports odd formations called coronae, which are oval grooved structures resembling racetracks. It also has cratered plains that are crisscrossed with huge canyons and faults.
Some of Miranda’s fault cliffs are about 12 times as deep as the Grand Canyon. Because of Miranda’s very low gravity (less than 1 percent of Earth’s), a rock dropped from the top of the cliff would take about 10 minutes to reach the bottom. These faults could provide fun for thrill-seekers. “I think it would be a little dangerous, but if we lived on Miranda there would probably be a few daredevils wanting to jump off the cliffs,” Moore told Space.com.
Nice name choice Josh Whedon, a worthy moon to use as the setting for the Alliance disastrous experiment.