Thursday, May 20, 2010

In Which We Stretch Out A Little More

Yikes and away, you solar sailing kite!
IKAROS launched today, and I am pleased
To say all's looking well. Powered by light
This tech could take us to the stars! I'm seized
With admiration at what we can do
When we've a mind to try, e'en in these days
When human space flight is under review
By bean-counters and naysayers. I praise
Those dreamers in Japan who made this real.
Nor is that all that that vehicle sent out:
AKATSUKI is Venus-bound to steal
Her mist-enshrouded secrets. There's no doubt
Today's a day to crow and celebrate
Our curiosity. Rewards await!

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