Monthly Archives: December 2008

Fly-past

  Two worlds of eye-widening wonder my cameras have now seen. One green and blue, poles newly dusted fresh cream white, the other a rusted, dusty place, its ancient Time-worn weary face pitted with craters, one for every star that … Continue reading

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The Messenger Approaches

  Thirty times or more blue Terra has swung ‘round Sol since Mariner stared down upon this firefly of a world. From Earth it is but a sequin “star” – hard to find behind the fading glow of a marmalade-hued … Continue reading

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Hide and Seek with Holmes

  I walked to work that day beneath the burning amber spark of Mars; shining high behind the marmalade sky Venus blazed lantern-bright too, an ice-encrusted diamond firefly flashing violet as night fled the scene, and with green and blue … Continue reading

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Retreat

  Half a century since Sputnik bleeped, leaping from the frozen steppes, creeping up on a sleeping world to whirl around the startled Earth; no surfing of websites then, just frightened men and women scanning the sky with wide and … Continue reading

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On Iapetus

  The first Men on Iapetus will stand and stare down on its endless, glaring snow-white plains and soot-stained crater floors and envy us for seeing them first.   One day men and women brave will scale the rugged whale-spine … Continue reading

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Titan

  The first time I saw you I was twelve. Standing alone In the crisp Christmas snow, eyes watering With the cold I peered into my new Telescope’s eyepiece and there you were: A tiny – golden? – glint, a … Continue reading

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The Garden

  I had a dream I saw the Milky Way glowing green above the hills; always before a mottled band of wood-smoke blue, a bridge of silver mist and dust mote stars gazed at from underneath, now airbrushed gentle shades … Continue reading

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