Curiosity Takes a Turn
Arthur C. Clark whispers from his grave –
Strains from Songs of Distant Earth –
As the images transmit
From Curiosity on Mars.
The robotic cruiser had descended
Onto a barren landscape.
Her mission: to gather data;
To find any possible evidence of life;
To take note of even a distant notion of cellular being;
To employ scientific curiosity at every turn.
True to her mission,
Curiosity began at once
Surveying the undiscovered country –
A land not seen by human eye.
A plume of dust
Registers in the unblinking lens:
An impact cloud upon the horizon.
The mother ship that dropped her in this
Strange new place –
Now scattered remnants.
She records the data:
No way back home.
Nothing left but to proceed as planned
In silent isolation.
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Here's a fascinating video of how we got there:
And here is some actual footage of Curiosity's descent: