Postmodern Donkey tipped me off to a haiku competition called Going to Mars with MAVEN, sponsored by the University of Colorado-Boulder. The word “maven” means “accumulator of knowledge” in Yiddish, but it stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission. The Website explains:
MAVEN will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.
MAVEN is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fl., Nov. 18 on an Atlas V launch vehicle. It will arrive at Mars in fall 2014. After a five-week transition period during which it will get into its final orbit, deploy booms, and check out the science instruments, MAVEN will carry out its one-Earth-year primary mission. MAVEN will have enough fuel to survive for another six years and will act as a data relay for spacecraft on the surface, as well as continue to take important science data.
The three winners’ poems will be sent to Mars in the MAVEN explorer craft. Check out the Going to Mars with MAVEN Website for rules and deadlines.
Although I’m not a poet, I couldn’t resist the temptation to play. My entry?Communication Words escape velocity Stretching tin cans’ strings
Happy Haiku-ing! Let me know if you enter.