CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —
“We’re never a success until we’re at Mars and we’re taking data and getting the science that these folks envisioned back in 2003,” when the idea arose, observed NASA project manager David Mitchell.
There’s a light side to Maven.
Attached to one of Maven’s solar wings is a DVD containing more than 100,000 names submitted by the public earlier this year, as well as more than 1,000 Japanese-style haiku verses, also penned by the public, and 377 student art contest entries.
The Maven team liked this haiku from an anonymous contributor:
“Amidst sand and stars/We scan a lifeless planet/To escape its fate.”
But this haiku was the No. 1 public vote-getter, submitted by British blogger Benedict Smith:
“It’s funny, they named/Mars after the God of War/Have a look at Earth.”
University of Colorado: http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/
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