Blogathon Haiku Day: Marking Milestones in Space


Today is the WordCount Blogathon “Haiku Day.” Haiku is one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry. Haiku is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Haiku doesn’t have to rhyme but it does have to create a visual picture for the reader. 

SpaceX does test launch of Dragon capsule (Dec. 2010).

My Haiku poems below mark tomorrow’s historical launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, slated to become the first private spacecraft to reach the International Space Station. On Saturday, the liftoff was aborted in the last second because of a mechanical problem but will be attempted again on Tuesday. To many of us, this flight symbolizes a new space era…one that embraces commercial-led innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

First Flight

The world looks skyward
for Falcon 9’s epic flight —
Space Era reborn

Space’s New Era

All eyes on SpaceX
As Falcon 9 makes orbit
Earth to Mars someday

Great Hope

As NASA’s light dims
Space innovators take flight
Let them lead the way