Martians Read English?

3 May

A chance to go to space!

Even better: a chance to go to space without leaving your computer.

No, not on Richard Branson’s £200,000 ticket to the atmosphere with your laptop as carry-on luggage, but through a request from NASA (via Sky News):

Nasa Wants Three-Line Poems For Mars Mission

The space agency is inviting the public to send in poems to go on a DVD that will be carried on a new Mars mission.

Nasa is inviting the public to send in their name and a poem to be put on a DVD that will be carried aboard a Martian-bound spacecraft.

The disc will be in the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, scheduled to launch in November.

Every name submitted will go on the disc but the space agency also wants people to write a short haiku poem.

A haiku is a form of writing that originated in Japan and is usually made up of three lines and around 17 syllables.

The three best poems, as voted for online by the public, will end up heading to the Red Planet.

People who send in their names for the DVD will be able to print off a ‘certificate of appreciation’ to record their involvement and the deadline for entries is July 1.

The voting for the three best messages begins on July 15, with the winners announced on August 8. The MAVEN mission itself is expected to blast off in late 2013.

See here for details (there’s something I never expected to Google: Nasa poetry competition…).  

And remember, if you win, to link back to this blog.  Martians read Laughing Housewives, I’m sure.

 

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29 Responses to “Martians Read English?”

  1. viv blake May 3, 2013 at 09:20 #

    I sent mine: http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/wp-content/themes/goingtomars/images/certificate.png haiku:

    Whenever you go,
    take sense of humour along –
    earthlings love to laugh.

    I wrote more cynical ones but thought better of it!

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  2. colonialist May 3, 2013 at 09:39 #

    Should I join a race
    For a rhyme spaced in time
    To no-seasoned place?

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  3. laurieanichols May 3, 2013 at 12:43 #

    I just know that they are going to pick you Tilly! I meant your Haiku, not you. We would miss you too much if they picked you to go off to Mars. You can’t go to Mars and that’s final. Your Haiku yes, you, no.:)

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  4. mairedubhtx May 3, 2013 at 12:43 #

    Why do we assume the Martians know English? Or even that they know how a DVD works? However, your readers have come up so far with good poems and I’m sure the Martians, if they can access them, will be thrilled with them. NASA should be, too.

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  5. Al May 3, 2013 at 14:09 #

    My entry:

    To my Martian friend, Ku
    From the good earth
    I send this greeting, Haiku.

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  6. misswhiplash May 3, 2013 at 15:33 #

    I am following but not receiving…why is that please

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    • The Laughing Housewife May 3, 2013 at 17:06 #

      I see you’ve followed again. Let me know if you don’t get tomorrow’s joke post.

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      • misswhiplash May 13, 2013 at 19:07 #

        No I did not get anything

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      • misswhiplash May 13, 2013 at 19:07 #

        No I did not get anything

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  7. adinparadise May 3, 2013 at 19:38 #

    Good luck, Tilly. I assume you will be entering the competition. 🙂

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  8. viveka May 3, 2013 at 20:17 #

    Just go for it … Linda. I don’t have a clue about poetry … and don’t know anything about NASA – you’re the gift here.

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  9. SchmidleysScribbling May 3, 2013 at 20:39 #

    Don’t go
    Don’t go
    Don’t go
    No life, no water, no Spud.

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  10. slpmartin May 4, 2013 at 00:44 #

    Okay…I’m going to do this…it may improve my readership…a few Marian readers couldn’t hurt. 🙂

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  11. benzeknees May 4, 2013 at 05:54 #

    You should definitely enter! I can’t write poetry to save my life, but your poems are often good!

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