Pluto and beyond “. . . will a Race one day stand really tall”

IF ONLY WE HAD TALLER BEEN

By Ray Bradbury

O, Thomas, will a Race one day stand really tall
Across the Void, across the Universe and all?
And, measure out with rocket fire,
At last put Adam’s finger forth
As on the Sistine Ceiling,
And God’s great hand come down the other way
To measure Man and find him Good,
And Gift him with Forever’s Day?
I work for that.
Short man. Large dream. I send my rockets forth
between my ears,
Hoping an inch of Will is worth a pound of years.
Aching to hear a voice cry back along the universal Mall:
We’ve reached Alpha Centauri!
We’re tall, O God, we’re tall!

“NASA New Horizons Pluto Mission Tribute Video! | NPR Hundreds of images from NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto stitched together in retro newsreel form with audio of American science fiction author Ray Bradbury reading his beautiful poem “If Only We Had Taller Been.”‘

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New false-color images of Pluto and the moon Charon exaggerate colors to highlight differences in their surface compositions, NASA says. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/14/422840586/nasa-zooms-in-on-pluto-for-closest-views-yet

 


3 thoughts on “Pluto and beyond “. . . will a Race one day stand really tall”

  1. I watched the entire video. Wow! Amazing stuff. No wonder our friend Bill Jordan devotes his time to Sci Fi. Reality is wilder than fiction.

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    1. On Tuesday morning, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest pass by Pluto, coming within 7,800 miles of the surface.

      Yup, you are missing the news:
      Pluto FlybyJULY 13, 2015
      “It was the climax of a decade and a half of dreams and effort. Launched in 2006, New Horizons had traveled nine and a half years and three billion miles for a close-up encounter that largely finished up within hours. And yet that quick reconnaissance of Pluto has transformed what had been a fuzzy dot since it was discovered 85 years ago into a richly textured world, providing insight into the beginnings of the solar system and new mysteries that astronomers will ponder for years.”

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