Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MAVEN Spacecraft

The MAVEN Spacecraft is well on it's way to Mars. It is supposed to arrive to orbit Mars on September 21, 2014. It launched November 18, 2013. A while ago I mentioned that anyone could send their name up to Mars on a DVD that MAVEN would carry through space, by submitting their name through a website. I sent mine, Tami's, and the kids' names up. They are hurling through space as I write this.  There was also a Mars haiku writing contest through the same website. I submitted two:

Beautiful and cold
You are watched and roved and probed
Spinning there in red

Holding ice inside
Cold, imagination warmed
Reflecting red far

It was fun to encapsulate a thought within a haiku's structural limitations. Here were the winners voted on by the world:

It’s funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth
-Benedict Smith
, United Kingdom

Thirty-six million
miles of whispering welcome.
Mars, you called us home.
-Vanna Bonta

Stars in the blue sky
cheerfully observe the Earth
while we long for them
-Luisa Santoro
, Italy

distant red planet
the dreams of earth beings flow
we will someday roam
-Greg Pruett, 
Idaho, USA

Mars, your secret is
unknown for humanity
we want to know you.
-Fanni Redenczki, 

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