Earthrise (2)

The thrill of the imagination
Takes us places we can never go
Beyond this earthly home
Out into the solar system
Wrapping our minds around the
Concept of a galaxy in a world far far away
Imagine going into the depths of the earth
“All the way to China,” as we used to say
…Our way of saying very deep
Imagine riding with Voyager
As it continues to sail out into the universe
Beyond our solar system to worlds unknown
Having paid its dues in 2012 sailing on
Singing, “I’ll fly away oh glory, I’ll fly away!”
Who are the imagineers of the present
With visions beyond this realm
Pushing the outer limits in ways yet to be
Not content to live in Earth’s isolation
Rather seeking ways to imagine
The reality of a Star Trek generation
That will stretch our imaginations even more

Painting “Earth Rise” – Dwight L. Roth

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You may have heard the idiom, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” We live on the most beautiful planet in the Solar System. Mars on the other hand is covered with orange iron oxide and powerful windstorms that sometimes cover the whole planet. This leads me to wonder why we are attempting to send astronauts to Mars sometime in the future.

Mars // the Red Planet
A desolate chunk of iron
No spring flowers there

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