Beyond the fishbowl (A Reprise)

Photo: NASA (& the American Tax Payer – for all Mankind)

Listen to an older version of this poem here.

flew across the barrier
Then Shepard rocketed so high
And of Gagarin, and Kamarov before them–
What did they feel?
Not ‘why?’

Truly, there is no Earth membrane
We live on a gas-ensconced globe,

Separated from space by mere thickness
Rotating, revolving and processing
Barrelling in lock and roll

Circling a star–in turn racing
Round the galaxy’s massive black hole
Itself shot out from the center
By expansion thus far

All this violence in balance

Enormous–yet mutually constrained
Their motions playing out like ice skaters

In a gliding dance of refrain

. . .

Armstrong & Aldrin first walked on Earth’s moon
With Cernan & Schmidt, the last two
On the face of that satellite ’til next time
They did what billions dream to

And yet

We’re like fish in a fish bowl
Or children confined to a yard
The fishes unaware of the oceans!
The children of nations afar!

Until a day whence
A few more jump the fence—

Like a fish’s brief rise from the bowl
To glimpse the extent
Of a small world we rent
To spy but a limited whole
At an old age, now a lonely Earth sage
We see the limits of home

. . .

There are trillions of planets
Round trillions of
Yet those nearby
We’ve but seen from afar
In our own system:
Six-hundred-ninety-two worlds
Five dwarf planets
Eight, some of us know

And four-hundred-sixty-two moons!
Places we should go!

Let’s visit far neighbors!
The Jovian skies!
With more than mere cameras!
With human naked eye

Like children and fishes
Pets chained to rocks
Are feral
Though great

Must Go
To the stars!


Photo: NASA/Astronaut Ken Mattingly

Commercial Crew 6 to Launch Monday: Static Fire Test Complete

This is not my writing, but is a post cut & pasted from the NASA website at: I may add to this and comment.

A Falcon 9 rocket static fire test for NASA's SpaceX Crew-6 mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the company’s Dragon spacecraft Endeavour onboard, is seen on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A during a brief static fire test ahead of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission, Friday, Feb. 24, 2023, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

This morning, Feb. 24, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the company’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft and Crew-6 crew members to the International Space Station reached a key milestone ahead of liftoff. While standing on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, the rocket’s nine Merlin first-stage engines roared to life for seven seconds, completing the routine but critical integrated static fire test.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission will carry NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg, UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev to the space station for a six-month science mission. Liftoff is targeted for 1:45 a.m. EST Monday, Feb. 27.

Beginning at 9 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 26, NASA will offer blog coverage of launch-day activities on the Crew-6 blog. At 10:15 p.m. EST, tune in to a live launch broadcast on NASA TV or the agency’s website and follow along through countdown and other key mission milestones.

This is the sixth crew rotation mission with astronauts using the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the orbiting laboratory as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. More details about the Crew-6 mission can be found in the press kit online and by following the Crew-6 blog, @commercial_crew on Twitter, and commercial crew on Facebook.


Ah, the power of that star
The Queen draw in these foci
In our orbit tight

Reminding us…

(in emeralds
deceptive and so bright

weaving dreams of wonder)

… who is in control

even in a night

Hidden from Her life-
And climate- making chore

Of creating

©︎ Copyright 2021 Carl Atteniese II / All rights reserved ®︎

Thanks to Ray Teurfs for an eye toward verbiage.

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