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    Send Your Haiku to Mars

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    You can send your haiku to Mars.

    NASA has announced an open poetry competition.
    They are taking entries for a haiku contest.

    The haikus that are voted the three best will be put on a disc and sent into space with the Maven spacecraft that will begin studying the upper atmosphere of Mars in November of this year.

    Stephanie Renfrow, lead for the MAVEN Education and Public Outreach program at the University of Colorado said: “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.”

    The disc will contain the names of all the people who submit theirs, but NASA is encouraging participants to also write and enter a poem about Mars.

    Entrants must be 18 years old to create a log-in ID, so children are encouraged to ask parents and teachers for assistance.

    The deadline for submission is July 1st, and voting will begin July 15th.
    A different contest will decide which student artwork will be onboard the Maven.

    The winner of the art contest will be announced on May 20th.