Poetic Muse-ings on Mars

English: Gullies in a crater near Netwon Crate...

English: Gullies in a crater near Netwon Crater, as seen by hirise under HiWish program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the way way back times, before it was today and things were different, I wrote about Martian haikus and MAVEN.

I would like to blame an absent muse for taking this long to write three short lines.  However, it was no fault of The Muse.  She was available for coffee and kolaches and really excited to talk about space and planets and things and stuff.

I was busy watching it rain.  It has rained a lot.  Now she won’t return my calls.

So I pressed on without her and whipped up this haiku just under the deadline gun for entry into the MAVEN

haiku contest.  You’ve still got a couple of days, hurry up and write a damned haiku already! (Entries by July 1, voting on haikus begins July 15)

Here’s my grand haiku-ing efforts (link)…

sledding down the dunes

carbon dioxide nuggets,

spring gullies engraved.

It is in honor of the recent news regarding the cause of the tracks in the dunes on Mars.

NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide — dry ice — may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go.

Researchers deduced this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and performing experiments on sand dunes in Utah and California.

Check that out!  I’m legit as Spoonie.

going to mars


About I.M. Pangs

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3 Responses to Poetic Muse-ings on Mars

  1. I like sledding
    nuggets I like
    I like spring
    thank you

  2. Fay Sanford says:

    One of the first sand dune fields ever recognized on Mars is shown here. Located on the floor of Proctor Crater (at 48°S, 330°W), this dune field was seen in Mariner 9 images more than 27 years ago. The new MOC image shows evidence that the Proctor Crater dunes are active today. In this image, the sand dunes are dark and patches of southern winter frost are bright. The sun illuminates the scene from the upper left. Dark streaks can be seen on frost-covered slopes, particularly just left of the center of the picture. These streaks result from recent avalanching of sand on the steep (up to 35°), down-wind side of the dune, otherwise known as the slip face. Because the dark sand streaks are superposed upon the bright frost, these streaks can only be as old as the frost. This frost cannot be more than 11 months old, and was probably only a few months old at the time the picture was taken. Thus, the dunes must be active today in order to show such streaks.

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