Crafting and Creating; Photography and Poetry
Text taken from the petition site:
SpaceX has been awarded the contract to produce NASA’s next manned spacecraft, which is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2015. We’re calling on SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk to christen the first of these manned Dragon capsules “Serenity,” after the fictional ship of the same name in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” universe.
We respectfully encourage SpaceX to christen the first of their manned Dragon spacecraft Serenity, after the ship of the same name in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” universe.
A Dragon spacecraft with this name would represent the shared hopes and dreams of everyone who is cheering for the success of an American space program that has been revitalized and revolutionized with the help of private industry–people who, like the diverse crew that shares a common goal in Whedon’s Serenity, envision a world where a privately-owned spaceship represents the opportunity for a better life and the spirit of independence can be realized in space.
Christening the first Dragon in honor of Whedon’s fictional spaceship would not only speak to the important role that man’s ability to dream without constraint plays in providing the spark that fuels the fire of human achievement, but as the first manned spacecraft built by a private entity, it would also represent the hope of a future in which the blessings and true freedom that only the stars can offer will be open to every man, woman and child. We believe very strongly that there is no name that would reflect this better than Serenity, and we urge you to give the name your serious consideration.
You didn’t think I could do a prompt of Sojourn and not mention rovers did you?
Sojourner’s legacy lives
Three Generations of Rovers with Crouching Engineers
Two spacecraft engineers stand with a group of vehicles providing a comparison of three generations of Mars rovers developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The setting is JPL’s Mars Yard testing area. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
This week’s theme is: Courage
while cameras watch
seven minutes of terror
courage holds the team
I cannot imagine having a camera shoved in my face during such an emotional time. So glad it was not heartbreak and tears the cameras had to record.
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (201208050013HQ)
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team in the MSL Mission Support Area reacts after learning the Curiosity rover has landed safely on Mars and images start coming into the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. The MSL Rover named Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
For today’s prompt, write a tribute poem. Write your tribute poem for anyone or anything you like–Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harry Potter, etc. Have fun!
little rover on Mars
even six years past her three-month lifespan
still continuing the mission
dragging one foot behind
Originally written six years ago for Discovery. Prayed still today for Atlantis.
Goddess of warriors,
discovering new frontiers,
expanding our boundaries.
Goddess of wisdom,
delving into new knowledge,
Bring them home safe.
One of my poems for NaPoWriMo was an attempt at a sonnet. Although I love the form, I am notoriously bad with meter, so I took that original draft to the Steel Phoenix writers meeting for help. I am actually quite proud that the second stanza appeared to be correct rhythmically!
Here is the updated version, with many thanks to the members of Steel Phoenix:
in honor of the anniversary
of fifty years since Gargarin’s first flight
musicians celebrate the history
with dulcet notes that float throughout the night
their joyful duet, memories abound
the flutes remember heroes Buzz and Neil
whose first few steps, so brave and so profound,
inspired generations with their zeal
aboard the international station
plays Cady Coleman, mission specialist
with Ian Anderson’s proclamation
our heroes: astronauts and scientists
they offer their music, the song “Bourree”
for honoring the explorers esprit
From Cloaked Monk’s March Challenge:
On this day in 1454, explorer Amerigo Vespucci was born. The continent we live on is named after Vespucci. Reflect on exploration.
Another new form for me today, the etheree. On a subject very near and dear to my heart.
You took our dreams to the stars
You dared to create the future
Eldest of the fleet, first to retire
Welcome home, Lady, you have earned your rest