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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday—Good For You, Good for Mars!

Hey, do this!  This is your chance to send your name to Mars


photo courtesy of NASA

In November, NASA is launching a scientific probe to Mars called MAVEN—Mars Atmosphere & Volatile Evolution N...Noogies?  ...Noodles?   ...Numbnuts?  ...Noooo!  Closure compulsive people need an N-acronym at the end of MAVE...N!  Sheldon would not approve.   The MAVEN spacecraft will be analyzing the Martian atmosphere in order to determine why all of the water dried up on the planet's surface.

Anyhoo, to publicize the mission, NASA is accepting haiku submissions from the public.

Click HERE for FAQ's regarding the haiku contest.  The submission deadline is July 1.  One entry per participant.  

The name of every person who submits an entry will be written to a DVD that will accompany the mission.  Three haikus will be selected by public vote beginning on July 15 to be included on the DVD along with all of the names.  The winners will be announced on August 8.  An online Certificate of Appreciation will also be available to all participants.

If you don't feel like writing a haiku, you can submit just your name!  Cool, huh?  

In a separate contest, student artwork will also accompany the mission.  Public voting is now underway to select the winners.  Click HERE to vote!  There are 377 entries, but you can select from a randomly chosen group or from the most popular entries.

Click HERE for haiku and art contest rules.

Click HERE for a good Wiki guide on how to write a haiku.

I totally want to do this, don't you?!  Okay, so let's review what a haiku is:


haiku (Noun)



A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of


five, seven, and five



Haikus traditionally include a reference to nature or the seasons, and they are objective, not subjective, as though the writer is observing a scene.  Haikus can rhyme, but they don't have to.


    An example...by dsmp

    I see the red star
    shining above me so bright
    black sky ruby light

    Okay, have fun!