Unless the Mars Curiosity rover has, unbeknownst to us, been writing poetry in addition to singing "Happy Birthday" to itself, haiku has yet to reach the fourth rock from the sun.
That's about to change.
More than a thousand three-line poems will travel to the Red Planet aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft later this year, the University of Colorado Boulder announced on Thursday. MAVEN's mission -- coordinated by NASA and led by CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics -- will explore the planet's upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the sun and solar wind. And, of course, collect data on Mars' reaction to poetry from its adoring public. … Read more