Opportunity on Mars
Posted by zongrik
scouting fallen parts
some are mine and some are not
Mars – my only home
garbage strewn throughout the land
metals of the gods and man
This waka was posted for The Purple Treehouse the “assignment” was to write a WAKA, which is a form of classical Japanese verse that ends up being 5-7-5-7-7. Go to the link to find out more about it, if so it should please you.
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Open Link Night ~ Week 38
The picture comes from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110731.html
The image credit is Mars Exploration Rover at JPL
This is a very interesting picture. I am copying the explnation from the Astronomy Picture of the Day page:
Explanation: What has the Opportunity rover found on Mars? While traversing a vast empty plain in 2005 in Meridiani Planum, one of Earth’s rolling robots on Mars found a surprise when visiting the location of its own metallic heat shield discarded last year during descent. The surprise is the rock visible on the lower left, found to be made mostly of dense metals iron and nickel. The large cone-shaped object behind it — and the flank piece on the right — are parts of Opportunity’s jettisoned heat shield. Smaller shield debris is also visible. Scientists do not think that the basketball-sized metal “Heat Shield Rock” originated on Mars, but rather is likely an ancient metallic meteorite. In hindsight, finding a meteorite in a vast empty dust plain on Mars might be considered similar to Earth meteorites found on the vast empty ice plains of Antarctica. The finding raises speculations about the general abundance of rocks on Mars that have fallen there from outer space.
About zongrikFor those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?
Posted on August 28, 2011, in D’verse Poets Pub, Poetry, The Purple Treehouse and tagged astronomy picture of the day, dversepoets, exploration, garbage, JPL, Mars, metal, NASA, opportunity, space poetry, space verse. Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.