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ワシントンポストに以下のような記事がありました。

NASA holds haiku contest to send a message to Mars
By Jolie O'Dell | VentureBeat.com,
NASA wants you to be part of a DVD it’s sending to Mars. To that end, it’s holding a haiku contest.

The best three entries will be sent, along with the authors’ names, to Mars aboard MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission. The winners will also get a certificate of their involvement in the project.

The contest runs until May 20; MAVEN is expected to launch late this fall.

haikuコンテストというのは、シニカルに見れば、データ量が少なくて済むのでなかなかいいアイデアですね(苦笑)

MAVENって初めて聞きましたが以下のようなミッションのようです。

MAVEN’s mission, as Jakosky’s statement would indicate, is to hang out over and around Mars and find out where the planet’s atmosphere went. Because Mars is full of features like riverbeds and contains minerals that indicate the previous presence of water, scientists don’t think it’s a wild guess to speculate that Mars once had a thick atmosphere capable of containing water on the planet’s surface. Clearly, this is not the case today.

So MAVEN is going to dabble in atmospheric forensics, looking at today’s Martian solar winds and ionic activity and gathering data to figure out a bit more about how the planet’s atmosphere decayed.

このコンテストの特設サイトのメッセージが以下です。登録をすれば、名前とメッセージはMAVENが運ぶDVDに入れてもらえるようですね。

Send your name & message to Mars!
Go to Mars with MAVEN! Submit your name and a message to be sent into Mars orbit on the MAVEN spacecraft.

Who can submit a name and where will it go?
Anybody on planet Earth is welcome to participate! However, to create a log-in you must be 18 or older. If you are under 18 and you would like to enter, please ask your parent or teacher for help.

Your name will be written to a DVD and sent into Mars orbit on the MAVEN spacecraft.

What is the Message to Mars contest?
Craft your own original message to Mars! Messages, which must be in the form of a haiku poem, will be voted on by the public; the top three most popular entries will be sent to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.

Messages must be in English.

How do I submit my name and message?
You must be logged in to submit your name and message.

俳句コンテストの上位3つは、the top three most popular entries will be sent to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.とありますから、MAVENの機体とウエブサイト上で紹介してもらえるということでしょうか。


ワシントンポストは以下のように締めていました。我こそはという方は是非!

You can use that as inspiration for your haiku.



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