MAVEN Haiku Selected for Travel to Mars

Haiku recognized in the MAVEN Message-to-Mars contest were announced today on the Going to Mars campaign website. Haiku authors from around the world—including Palestine, India, Australia, and Europe—entered the contest. The top five winners—all those whose haiku received 1,000 votes or more—include popular British blogger Benedict Smith and well-known American poet Vanna Bonta. Other entries receiving special recognition include MAVEN team selections in categories ranging from haiku specifically about MAVEN to humorous haiku.

The MAVEN Education & Outreach team also gives special recognition to teachers who conducted class activities around MAVEN and submitted their students’ entries into the contest. Teacher Dillon Bohlender of Denver, Colorado, entered 68 haiku from his four 8th-grade science classes. He said that before putting pen to paper, “The students spent two days researching and building background knowledge of Mars.” Bohlender helped select one winning haiku for each of his participating classes; 8th-grader Janis* wrote one of the winning selections:

Phobos and Deimos
Moons orbiting around mars
Snared by gravity

The MAVEN mission, which launches in November, 2013, will carry with it selected art and haiku entries from the Going to Mars campaign. The DVD containing the winning submissions will also bear the names of tens of thousands of people who enter their names by September 10. (Courtesy Lockheed Martin/LASP)

The MAVEN mission, which launches in November, 2013, will carry with it selected art and haiku entries from the Going to Mars campaign. The DVD containing the winning submissions will also bear the names of tens of thousands of people who enter their names by September 10. (Courtesy Lockheed Martin/LASP)

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