H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Jul 18, 2013 11:48 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Local poet hopes to send his haiku to Mars

Central Coast poet, James Kotsybar, is hoping his haiku will end up on a mission to Mars.

He has entered a contest hosted by the University of Colorado, which is working on a spacecraft called MAVEN.

NASA will send MAVEN to Mars later this year.

The spacecraft's mission is to better understand the Martian upper atmosphere.

It will also carry a DVD that will hold the top three haikus chosen by an online vote.

Kotsybar's poem reads:
MAVEN tastes the air
too thin to hold oceans' broth
wafted on Sol's winds.

"It's almost unreal," said Kotsybar. "It's very science fiction to realize that you're writing poetry to go to another world, and to be the first of any form of literature that's going to touch another planet, is probably the most exciting thing I can think of."

To vote for the haiku, click here.

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