Jerry Ross Elementary students send messages to Mars

2013-08-07T11:48:00Z Jerry Ross Elementary students send messages to MarsDiana Green | Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at Crown Point Community School Corporation nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Mrs. Sherman’s fourth grade class at Jerry Ross Elementary participated in the “Going to Mars with MAVEN” contest. Students wrote messages as short poems in haiku style about Mars and outer space.

The haikus entered in the contest will be recognized on the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado’s website. In addition, the students’ names and haikus will be written to a DVD and sent into Mars orbit on the MAVEN spacecraft.

The following poems were entered in the contest and the contest winner will be selected Aug. 8.

Haiku by Makayla Middleborn:

Jerry Ross's Dream

Red Planet and Unknown Thrills

Space Bound Destiny

Haiku by Ryan Renner:

The vast Universe

We search for life and water

Will Maven find much?

Haiku by Sarah Frey:

Space is full of stars.

It is forever going.

New frontiers await.

Jerry Ross Elementary is named after Colonel Jerry Ross, NASA’s record-setting frequent flyer with seven Shuttle launches into space and nine space walks. Colonel Ross regularly visits the school and interacts with students on a personal level. The MAVEN Going To Mars haiku contest provided a perfect opportunity for students to write meaningful poetry because of their close connection to an astronaut.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), set to launch in 2013, will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.

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