Haiku for Mars August 10, 2013Posted by geoff in News.
Let’s start with this:
NASA’s next mission to Mars will carry a DVD containing just over 1,100 haiku received as a result of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Going to Mars campaign. The DVD also will contain selected art designed by students and tens of thousands of names submitted by the public by Sept. 10.
Yup, we’re bothering to waste time, money, and a wee bit of payload (at $500K/lb and 2.4 oz/DVD, that DVD cost $74K to send to Mars), to send a DVD full of nonsense to Mars. And we don’t even know which region it should be encoded for. Not to mention: DVD? Is that really putting our best foot forward?
We should have at least sent a Blu-ray disc.
But it gets worse. Check out the best of the haiku that we’re sending:
It’s funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth
I suppose that might seem insightful if you’re 12. Doesn’t even make sense – Mars was the God of War for Earth, so the violence on Earth is/was due (in part) to that god. This is like saying, “they call him a wife-beater, but if you look at the fact that the violence occurs on his wife’s body, it’s really his wife’s fault.”
The next one is from a poet (they say). Seems that poets are a little unclear on things like evolution and “birthplaces of humanity” and such:
miles of whispering welcome.
Mars, you called us home.
Also, in space, whispers don’t carry awfully far. I know there’s supposed to be poetic license ‘n such, but c’mon – this is for NASA, folks.
There are a few more examples at the link. Oh, and you can get your name put on the DVD if you go to the link at the bottom of the article.
But you’ll be putting your name on a DVD that no one would ever bother to watch, even if they could.