Just an FYI, because, guys, this is the coolest thing. You can participate in a contest and possibly have your haiku sent to Mars.
Look (taken directly from the site):
Who can submit a name and where will it go?
Anybody on planet Earth is welcome to participate! However, to create a log-in you must be 18 or older. If you are under 18 and you would like to enter, please ask your parent or teacher for help. Your name will be written to a DVD and sent into Mars orbit on the MAVEN spacecraft.
What is the Message to Mars contest?
Craft your own original message to Mars! Messages, which must be in the form of a haiku poem, will be voted on by the public; the top three most popular entries will be sent to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft and will be prominently displayed on the MAVEN website.
Messages must be in English.
How do I submit my name and message?
You must be logged in to submit your name and message.
The time line is like this:
May 1: Activity opens.
July 1: Activity closes.
July 15: Public voting begins on messages.
July 29: Public voting ends on messages.
August 8: Message contest winner announced!
OK, what are the odds, and whatnot, and yes, the public could be anyone, they'll just vote whatever they like in, etc., etc. - but it'll be fun, either way, and you have a chance! Haikus! And space! And all you cool people. It's space and haiku. It's the best thing ever, go for it.
(Or regret it. Forever.
Also, this was a thing (space related thing) that happened
. Surface of Mars, y'all, courtesy of Curiosity.
kidding, that's real.)