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NASA To Send Poems To Mars

Soulskill posted 1 year,13 days | from the easier-than-sending-people dept.

Mars 106

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Time Magazine reports that in and effort to involve non-rocket scientists in the next mission to the Red Planet, NASA invited the public in May to submit haiku, three line poems where 'the first and last lines must have exactly five syllables each and the middle line must have exactly seven syllables.' NASA promised to select five winners that will be adhered to the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) before it is launched towards Martian airspace. 'The Going to Mars campaign offers people worldwide a way to make a personal connection to space, space exploration, and science in general, and share in our excitement about the MAVEN mission,' said Stephanie Renfrow, lead for the MAVEN Education and Public Outreach program at CU/LASP. More than 15,000 entries were submitted by space geeks and poets the world over. A couple thousand were disqualified as too long, too short, or totally inappropriate, leaving about 12,500. The public voted online, and the five top vote-getters have been announced." The winner:

It's funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth

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Have a look at Earth??? (4, Funny)

Chemisor (97276) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522839)

Are we asking to be invaded?

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (2)

girlintraining (1395911) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522891)

Are we asking to be invaded?

[snark level=99]
I think it's more like an interstellar dick-measuring contest. The United States, confident of it's military supremacy over Earth, now greedily eyes Mars. Who knows... while they were looking for water, maybe they discovered oil and just haven't said anything yet.
[/snark]

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (2)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522921)

Are we asking to be invaded?

We'll ward them off with the poetry of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England

if that doesn't work we may have to resort to our bacterial defence shield

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44522957)

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, he said.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (2)

tnk1 (899206) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523433)

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, he said.

A million to one? Shit, we're doomed.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523003)

Are we asking to be invaded?

Who would even want to invade this fascist infested cesspool ?

Re: Have a look at Earth??? (1)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523451)

Who would even want to invade this fascist infested cesspool ?

Well, as humans we invade parts of our anything-infested cesspool on a regular basis. Even though we know what 'crap' we are getting. So why wouldn't an alien species?

Of course if there's any intelligent life on Mars, they will have known for a long time about us humans. Radio / TV transmissions, the odd nuclear explosion, a few space probes passing by & landing on Mars, etc. So for anyone who fears an alien invasion: I suggest to look outside our solar system.

Re: Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524715)

Who would even want to invade this fascist infested cesspool ?

Well, as humans we invade parts of our anything-infested cesspool on a regular basis. Even though we know what 'crap' we are getting. So why wouldn't an alien species?

I hope you realize that your definition of "invade" is pathetically laughable when finding yourself facing beings that landed here on intergalactic spacecraft. We can't invade shit outside of this little rock we're hell-bent on destroying. By comparison, we can't fight our way out of a wet paper sack.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (5, Insightful)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523201)

The winning poem sucks but what do you expect. Instead of celebrating human achievement we are sending a poem bitching about how horrible Earth is and that at a time it is the most peaceful it has ever been (at least since human civilizations took off). Talk about a lack of imagination and perspective.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523289)

Is it really the most peaceful are you only looking at it from your little part of the world?

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

khallow (566160) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523609)

Is it really the most peaceful

Is this supposed to be a trick question? Let's give an example of the peace, Europe. This is the most peaceful Europe has been since probably before man arrived in Europe. They haven't had any military conflicts on the entire continent since the end of the Yugoslavia wars in 1999. That's more than ten years of no military conflicts whatsoever.

Let's given some developing world examples, China and India. China has no border skirmishes with barbarians which differentiates this era from most of the past eras of relatively peaceful empire. India is unified with no border conflicts between rival kingdoms and only the occasional minor skirmish with Pakistan or China.

Let's glance [wikipedia.org] at Wikipedia. Military conflicts in the Americas are substantially lower than they used to be. The current big conflict is the battles between drug cartels in Mexico. There's also the low grade civil war in Colombia. Outside of that, things are pretty peaceful over two whole continents.

And most of the big conflicts are in Africa and the Middle East.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524385)

Guess you have not turned on the new lately? or you live in part of the world that blocks out the rest of the world.
  wikipedia.org is not the best place to get your sources. wikipedia can be edited by anyone at anytime.

Sure most of the major conflicts are in the Middle East and Africa. But what about all the, guess you call it small crimes then, shootings, beatings, robing, homicide, all keeps going up.

Just craw back under that rock.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (2)

khallow (566160) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524583)

Guess you have not turned on the new lately?

You're just an anonymous idiot on the internet. You have even less credibility than wikipedia.

Sure most of the major conflicts are in the Middle East and Africa. But what about all the, guess you call it small crimes then, shootings, beatings, robing, homicide, all keeps going up.

And here's an example of your idiocy. Ever heard of the highly technical media phrase "If it bleeds, it leads"? News is about reporting bad things that happen. Those small crimes go up in some places and down in others. There's no trend toward greater levels of crime.

But even if there were such a trend, it's still peace. Military action is a whole different ballgame than small crime.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44527493)

You're an idiot. For example, the battle of Verdun (WWI) lasted about about 10 months and averaged 70,000 casualties per month. That dwarfs the casualty rates of all current conflicts.

As for violent crime; it's actually gone down in most of western Europe and the US.

khallow is correct; this is a time of relative peace.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

ediron2 (246908) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524471)

Numbers and selective evidence notwithstanding, I'd hardly consider the last decade an exemplary war-free period. Meanwhile, Mars hasn't attacked.

Tell me more about this relativism that has you thinking we're no longer a warlike species. It at least sounds nice.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

khallow (566160) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524673)

Numbers and selective evidence notwithstanding, I'd hardly consider the last decade an exemplary war-free period.

Selective evidence that involves at least two thirds of the world's population being in more peaceful environment than their regions have ever been since the introduction of humans?

Tell me more about this relativism that has you thinking we're no longer a warlike species.

Don't confuse absence of wars with absence of warlike characteristics. We don't wage wars just because we can. The incentives have to be there. And for most of the world, they aren't.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44528769)

... for a little over TEN whole years!?

Just wait a little longer and the next conflict will start. The number of immigrants crossing the border to the "western" European countries is increasing on a daily basis.
Conflict should happen within the next few years.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523805)

Those poems with imagination and perspective were ruled as too long, too short, or totally inappropriate.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524103)

Before we declare Mars to be free of war, let's see what happens with the first colony. The governments and corporations of Earth will no doubt try to impose their rule over the colonists.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44527509)

The governments and corporations of Earth will no doubt try to impose their rule over the colonists.

Of course they will. Who the fuck do you think will be paying for that colony?

Re: Have a look at Earth??? (1)

dnadoc (3013299) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524609)

Voyager's golden record was way better. Bulgarian Shepherdess Song ftw.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523373)

Are we asking to be invaded?

Are you implying we could do jack shit about it if we were?

Let's just think about that for a moment as they arrive from their intergalactic voyage on advanced spacecraft and realize we're still fucking parked on this rock, far too busy killing each other in a futile attempt to prove who has the better belief system.

Invaded? They'll be too busy laughing at us in the way we would laugh at someone still dialing up to AOL. Don't worry, they won't stay long.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523465)

The amusing thing about all that is you presume that the Martians or other aliens would not have had the same issues in the past.

No, they wouldn't be laughing at us, they'd be counting on it.

And then they'd laugh afterward.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523881)

Are we asking to be invaded?

We need Space Americans to come in their alien ships and bring us peace and democracy.

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (1)

Smivs (1197859) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523943)

We ain't scared of Martians! We've got bacteria [wikipedia.org] and Slim Whitman. [youtube.com]

Re:Have a look at Earth??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524547)

no, we are doing the invading

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Re:FIRST POST (0)

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God of war? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522859)

That's why we have to put people up there, to make it so..

Re:God of war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523079)

Wherever you have large numbers of intelligent beings competing over scarce resources, you will have war.

Re:God of war? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523119)

Scarce?

Re:God of war? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523367)

I disagree. War is a consequence of borders, not scarcity. And borders are a consequence of coercive authority. War certainly exists without scarcity, but without coercive authority, war is impossible (or more precisely, not applicable).

Wars are planned, implemented, and reaped by coercive authority. The truth is exposed from the top down, not the bottom up.

Re:God of war? (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524355)

Wherever you have large numbers of intelligent beings competing over scarce resources, you will have war.

Wars are seldom about "scarce resources". Historically, wars were more likely to occur after good harvests. Also, war does not require "large numbers". Small tribes go to war more frequently than large nations.

Martian Haiku (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522869)

Red sand between my toes; Summer vacation in outer space - Robin Williams

Re:Martian Haiku (1)

killkillkill (884238) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522989)

There once was a man... Never mind, I was confused. That's a limerick.

No, no, no (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44522877)

They should have sent a POET. A poet. Not a poem.

Your tax dollars at work (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523791)

Every once in a great while an AC makes sense.

Re:No, no, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523989)

They should have sent the POPE. The Pope. Not a cosmonaut.

Re:No, no, no (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,12 days | (#44526595)

They should have sent a POET. A poet. Not a poem.

Took NASA a while to send someone up into space who could describe better than, "It's like huge and like there's a lot of it everywhere and there's lots of stars, too."

Pointless and self-congratulatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44522899)

While I personally agree with the sentiment, when NASA budgets are tight, why do something like this?

It doesn't provide any scientific return but it does give a target for an argument against NASA budgets. Why provide that?

Re:Pointless and self-congratulatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44522987)

The same could be said for most of the last couple decades of manned space flight. This is a much cheaper way to get publicity while reserving most of the budget for science objectives, than wasting billions supporting fragile flesh-bots in space.

Re:Pointless and self-congratulatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523075)

Want publicity? Send Kim Kardashian's sweet ass to Mars. Finest booty in the solar system.

Re:Pointless and self-congratulatory (0)

linear a (584575) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523569)

Flesh-pots in space? Sweet!

Re:Pointless and self-congratulatory (1)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523083)

While I personally agree with the sentiment, when NASA budgets are tight, why do something like this?

possibly because the cost is nothing?

This was done by the University of Colorado. The only cost was the cost of a web-page and a database. The contest itself was crowdsourced-- they didn't even even have to pay the judges.

Re:Pointless and self-congratulatory (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523159)

You don't even have to send the poems. Who's going to check?

Hurray! (4, Funny)

xstonedogx (814876) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522929)

slashdotter's lament:
modded to oblivion
for off-topic posts.

Waste of money (-1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | 1 year,13 days | (#44522955)

Wooo we are broke as hell but lets send some poems to Mars where no one will ever read them, and if they do, they wont care about them because they will be caring about FRIKKING LIVING ON MARS! Seriously tho, with how little money NASA has you think they would devote all of their budget to scientific missions instead of gimmicks.

Re:Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523107)

Yeah, because getting people interested in space again is a waste of money.

Re: Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523335)

Haiku on a rocket gets people interested in space?

Re:Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524171)

Um, how does getting people "interested in space" not a waste of money?

Re:Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523129)

If the public isn't behind them they'll have even less money.

Re:Waste of money (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523145)

I doubt there is any cost involved. The mission is going up there anyway, not just to carry poems.

Re:Waste of money (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523783)

The cost of physically taking it to mars maybe?

Re:Waste of money (1)

GiganticLyingMouth (1691940) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524363)

Are you really so obtuse? From TFS:

NASA promised to select five winners that will be adhered to the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) before it is launched towards Martian airspace.

If they're going to Mars anyways, why would bringing 5 poems add any cost? Are you proposing that the added weight of 5 poems is a significant cost?

Re:Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523157)

Eureka, our coffers are empty, yet they have doth gone and commissioned this bloody "Liberty Bell". Like any hooligan will ever giveth a hoot about that hunk of iron.

Re:Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523967)

Eureka, our coffers are empty, yet they have doth gone and commissioned this bloody "Liberty Bell". Like any hooligan will ever giveth a hoot about that hunk of iron.

The Liberty Bell is a hunk of bronze, not iron.

Re:Waste of money (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523385)

Where do you see the cost with this? If you notice, the contest website is hosted by the University of Colorado in Boulder, not NASA. The poems were created and submitted by the public, not NASA. The poems were judged by the public, not NASA. They could literally print the winners out on a piece of paper and tape it to the outside of the spacecraft. Instead though, they are burning the poems to a DVD and shipping that along with the spacecraft. I doubt that NASA is paying for the DVD, and I doubt that they are paying whoever it is that burns the DVD.

So, where exactly is the cost to NASA in all of this? You seem to know, or else you wouldn't have taken the time to post that stupid post. So, where exactly is the cost?

Re:Waste of money (1)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523651)

DVD movie weighs 0.034 lbs, Average Cost-per-LB to GTO $11,243. Gives us a cost of $382.26. That's just to geosynchronous orbit. I will leave it to you to extrapolate the cost of that DVD going to Mars.

Re:Waste of money (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523765)

You forgot to factor in the DVD player, the "home theater", and a cable guy to try to connect it all.

How much does a bit weigh? [Re:Waste of money] (4, Interesting)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523889)

Well, zero, because of course you wouldn't send the DVD to Mars; you'd copy the poems onto memory. Five poems, at seventeen syllables per poem, what do you figure, a few hundred bytes? It's unlikely that the every byte of the computer's RAM is completely used, so just put the poems in the unused space. Weight: zero.

This reminds me of an old story. There was an aircraft in which the design was coming in overweight, so an accountant was assigned to be the "weight czar," to account for the mass of every subsystem and see how it could be made lighter. This weight czar was very annoyed when one subsystem, software, listed their weight contribution as "zero." He went over to the computer department, asked for the prototype software that went into the aircraft, and walked out with a huge stack of computer cards (this was some years back. Don't interrupt.) . He summoned the software team to a meeting, and shouted "You list zero for the weight of your software, but" (plunks down the stack of cards) "here is is, and this DOES NOT WEIGHT NOTHING! Don't try to fool me!" The lead software engineer went up to the stack of cards. He said "You don't understand. The software isn't the cards." He picked up one card and showed it to the accountant. "The software is the HOLES."

Re:Waste of money (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524085)

I don't think so, I don't think that when NASA fires off a rocket, that the rocket contains the exact minimum amount of fuel required for the trip, I'm sure there is a small degree of additional fuel added for anything unforseen. I'm sure they plan those missions so that they can add low-weight things, like a DVD, without increasing the fuel that the rocket otherwise would have launched with. If that is the case, then the launch cost would be the same with or without the DVD, it would just end up with slightly more fuel without it.

WTF? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523029)

No wonder NASA is having trouble with funding when this is how they spend time/money.

LOL ... (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523031)

The rovers are sad
All this time alone on Mars
Please send poetry

I didn't know about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523067)

Earth is now hairy
Mars lets us move past old wounds
Onward, Burma Shave

Not a haiku, not syllables (4, Informative)

Princeofcups (150855) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523175)

Haiku are NOT that simple. From wiki:

The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.

Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.[3] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji.[4] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[5] this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.

A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (1)

gstoddart (321705) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523297)

Winter will arrive
Slashdotters will always bitch
Time for more coffee

Hark, grammar nazi
Summer is waning again
Nothing ever new

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523307)

In Japanese, yes.
In English, do what you want.
Here, fortune cookie!

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (3, Insightful)

Gilmoure (18428) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523315)

Pedantic bird call
Slashdot provides criticism
What is learned?

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523893)

Anal-retentive
Reurgitates copy-paste
Faps to Swift later

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523953)

An American
haiku is not the same beast
as the Japanese.

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44525793)

da da da da daaaa
Compton, longbeach, ingelwood
smoke weed everyday

Re:Not a haiku, not syllables (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44526803)

Haiku is defined
by Seventeen syllables
in America

Breaking it into
Three five-seven-five count lines
gives you bonus points

NASA poem (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523231)

NASA sent a Poem to Mars
Poem to NASA
Haiku VIA Slashdot.

Ground Control to Major Tom...... (2)

ClassicASP (1791116) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523261)

I think David Bowie has already long since earned the right to have his material on the side of the MAVEN and pretty much any spacecraft.

We are to Voguns after all (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523323)

all hail Douglas Adams

Interplanetary littering (1)

intermodal (534361) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523353)

It's one thing to send crap to where something might be alive and capable of reading it, but a planet with no known intelligent life that we've scouted out pretty well (for what it is)? What a waste of time.

Here's one ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523487)

Behold, my penis
Nobody ever touches
You could call it drought

The pornography,
It's all that I have these days
Apple blossoms fall

The winner isn't even a legit Haiku (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523509)

Seventeen syllables - or in the case of English, seventeen words - over three lines; five words, seven words, five word.

Re:The winner isn't even a legit Haiku (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44527801)

The English version
Is seventeen syllables
Five, seven, five lines

Doesn't look like a Haiku (1)

carlhaagen (1021273) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523535)

The English version should be seventeen words over three lines, holding five, seven and five words respectively.

Should have....sent a POET! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523545)

Oh wait, I guess they did.

Sent to Mars, for who? (1)

qubezz (520511) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523599)

I would say a poem should be chosen by astrophysicists or poets, but the whole concept is just to interest the public in something ultimately non-scientific.

make your mars poem choice
using mob intelligence
silly message sent

It might be cheaper than printing a poem sticker, and more interesting also, to simply state that when you view the poem over your WiFi connection, you are sending electromagnetic signals out of the atmosphere, (past triads of listening satellites), and some photons of your WiFi access point's message may reach Mars if it's visible in the sky.

take a look at meeeee (1)

epine (68316) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523727)

Just about anything that applies the special snowflake formula to the entire human species tends to win these things. We're total suckers for anything that affirms our special-snowflakeness, even if it's our epic fascination with beating the shit out of each other.

Vulcans? Too evolved. If doesn't count if you're good all the time. What matters is that once you were bad, but now you have risen. Otherwise you're just too smart for your own good and you don't really understand the shit that goes down.

Another typical science fiction plot:

Evolved race gives up on humans after 10 ms of initial observation. A billion years later, we prove them wrong. There's just no holding back special snowflakeness.

Re:take a look at meeeee (1)

iggymanz (596061) | 1 year,13 days | (#44525189)

please list all the other sentient species with technology.

what, you have none? we are indeed special.

Send A Book (1)

conner_bw (120497) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523785)

Send A Princess of Mars [pressbooks.com] , it's public domain.

my entry (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523843)

haiku comp winners
etched on mars robot capsule
no life form will read

Well (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | 1 year,13 days | (#44523925)

Went to Venus too
Goddess of beauty and love
Burnt our nuts (and bolts)

Go home NASA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44523997)

... you're drunk!

Um (1)

azav (469988) | 1 year,13 days | (#44524105)

This just strikes me as a pretty useless way to spend NASA's time and money.

Only 2500 rejects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524233)

I think the real achievement is the low amount of inappropriate rejects. You would think there would be legions of trolls who would consider it a lifetime achievement to have a disguised dick joke sent into space by NASA.

PC poetry (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524407)

MAVEN voyages
Where no man has gone before
Bearing PC verse

hahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44524865)

anonymous post
you made me snarf my coffee
for that i'll up vote

Time to thumb a ride off this rock (1)

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) | 1 year,13 days | (#44525123)

It seems that we have become the Vogons. Let me try my hand: Flaming poetry: Fireball on the launch pad is Inevitable

Re:Time to thumb a ride off this rock (1)

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) | 1 year,13 days | (#44525153)

This time with formatting:

Flaming poetry:
Fireball on the launch pad is
Inevitable

a haiku (1)

datapharmer (1099455) | 1 year,13 days | (#44525331)

little red orb thanks
Our visit makes cosmos vast
no longer empty

Sorry, misread (1)

careysb (566113) | 1 year,12 days | (#44526005)

Misread that as "sending PORN to mars".

Mars Needs Peons (1)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,12 days | (#44526551)

At first I read it as "NASA To Send Peons To Mars".

I was thinking, "Wow, here's my chance!"
 

Entry #4627 (1)

Tablizer (95088) | 1 year,12 days | (#44526589)

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Pick My Poem
Or I'll Blast You With My
Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator!

- Marvin M.

urm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,12 days | (#44528073)

Oh freddled gruntbuggely,
Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled grabblegrotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,
And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts
With my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!

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