When NASA launches the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft in November, it wants to pack onboard a DVD containing three poetic messages to everyone's second-favorite planet. Any Earthling can submit a haiku about Mars by July 1—the DVD will include the name of each person who sends a poem, but only the three most popular haikus will eventually orbit the red planet.
The University of Colorado at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics is coordinating the Going to Mars Campaign. Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator, says the program is "a great opportunity to reach the next generation of explorers and excite them about science, technology, engineering and math." Starting July 15, an online public vote will open to select the three top haikus.
NASA's MAVEN mission will be the first mission devoted to studying the Martian upper atmosphere. The spacecraft will gather information that should help scientists figure out what happened to the atmosphere and water that once existed on Mars.
So it's not enough to throw shit on our own orbit, now we have to put it on Mars? Did we run out of space or something? I'm not a fan of cutting scientific research budget cutting that REPUBLICANS want, but after seeing this post, naybe we should scrape a little off the top. that way NASA can think twice before spending money on something this useless.
"a great opportunity to reach the next generation of explorers..." is political-speak for "a great opportunity to get more public support for NASA to pressure lawmakers to increase funding." I'm fascinated by space exploration, but with private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic entering the arena with more to follow, I'm not sure NASA is such a big deal anymore. Do we really need to put people on the Moon or Mars anytime soon? What does that get us other than an All-American ego boost? How about focus on planetary research with unmanned probes and save some money?
I'd send up a rubber penis. Imagine exploring a new world and finding a rubber penis? I can just see the looks on theirs faces.
Sounds like an exercise in futility, DVD's are supposed to last only for a couple of years. But here is my idea:
"Mars oh Mars
you are as red
as a monkey's arse. "
Sorry I am not a better poet.
In some shape or fashion, I do hope humanity settles on Mars or in space somehow or someway!
If I may quote Ash from Alien "What's the point?"
Save that one for Uranus.
Why do you guys have to be so cynical all the time? They're just packing it onto an existing mission.
"NASA's MAVEN mission will be the first mission devoted to studying the Martian upper atmosphere. The spacecraft will gather information that should help scientists figure out what happened to the atmosphere and water that once existed on Mars."
That's a very important mission and to DRAW ATTENTION TO IT they're doing a little public relations contest. I think it's a great idea. Doesn't cost anything extra and draws a ton more attention to the mission. Quit being so cynical. You guys make it sound like the whole point of the satellite is to send the poems.
@ DickySimms ; I'm with you on this one. Haikus might as well be rocket science to Americans, so investing resources back into remedial projects like this right along with propulsion systems and shielding and whatnot means that our people might just know how to spell or structure a sentence by the time we are ready to send manned missions. This can work where all our advances in education have largely failed. Just think. By 2030; ALL of our spacegoing folk could be haiku qualified. Then, in a hundred years or by the time we are preparing to go to a heavy body, we could do the same for basic math.
If no one hears me cussing when working on my wifes' car; does that mean the car is still not fixed even though I think I'm done beating on it?
Who or what is Haiku? I read the article on Wiki but it seems utter wiki.
It states: The best known Japanese Haiku is:
"old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
I suspect those people were real heavy users.
Ok take 30 seconds out of your day right now and make an 8 year old happy by voting for his Haiku
or search for "Do you have water on Mars" among the entries.