Monthly Archives: April 2018

Halley’s Comet Returns

  When Halley’s Comet returns in 2062 I wonder how many people will view it From Mars? There should at least Be a small base there by then – a McMurdo-esque Cluster of tunnels and habs, maybe a garage or … Continue reading

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First Birth

  For four billion years there were few sounds to hear On Mars. The low moan of winds moving Through the valleys; the rasping hiss of dust devils Kissing as they waltzed across the plains; The click-clack of rocks falling … Continue reading

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First Death

  The first person to die on Mars is alive today.   As you read these words, The first person to be buried in the cold, Hard martian ground, covered with clinking Red rocks, destined to go down in history … Continue reading

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First Footprint

  Ironic, and sad, that although the marks of hominid heels and toes Left in Laetoli’s volcanic ash almost four million years ago Have survived until today, Mankind’s first footprint On another world was lost within moments of it being … Continue reading

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Landing Day

    The world watched Armstrong’s One Small Step On TV. Staring at flickering screens, Holding their breath as his boot Pressed into the grey lunar dust with an unheard crump, Lumps in their throats as history Was made before … Continue reading

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Red Mars

  Such a cliché to say “This book changed my life!” But RED MARS really did. I’d never seen my Mars in print before; No author had ever reached into my chest And wrapped their fingers around my heart Like … Continue reading

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Nat Geo

                  My shelves groan under the weight Of books about Mars. They bend in the middle, like geological layers Of stone warped by time, moaning “No more, please, no more!” Crammed onto … Continue reading

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