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…and then, suddenly,
A candle flame of consciousness
Quivers in the darkness
And Rosetta is awake.

At the start, the pulse of her electronic heart
Barely a flutter, but enough
To rouse her from her drowsy sleep
And pull her out of her dreams.

Slowly, slowly, memories return…
The rust-encrusted globe of Mars burning
Up ahead, Barsoom looming
Like a bloated red giant star before she swooped
Over its pole, Osiris’ single eye briefly catching sight
Of timeless clouds and craters
Through gaps in the great solar arrays
Before Ares fell behind, never to be seen again…

Lutetia – old, cold and grey,
Swimming up out from the depths of space
Like a lone, stone shark before sinking back into the Dark…
Earth gleaming a million different hues
Of emerald green and sapphire blue,
Its disc shrinking to a fingernail-clipping thin
Crescent so beautiful it would have reduced
Any window-crowding crew to tears…

All that is behind her now.
Darkness crowds in on all sides
As she rubs the sleep from her eyes,
Feeling the solar wind whispering o’er her wings,
Stretching and yawning,
Hearing her comet, and destiny, calling…

© Stuart Atkinson 2014





LIVE NOW: Rosetta Media Teleconference (Jan. 24, Noon EST)

NASA is hosting a media teleconference to discuss the road ahead for the three U.S. science instruments, as well as other NASA support, that are part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission. Having been reactivated Monday after a record 957 days in hibernation, the spacecraft will be the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus.

The Rosetta mission could help inform NASA’s asteroid initiative, which will be the first mission to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid for astronauts to explore.

– James Green, director of planetary science, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Mark McCaughrean, ESA senior scientific advisor,  Noordwijk, the Netherlands
– Matthew Taylor, ESA Rosetta project scientist, Noordwijk
– Claudia Alexander, U.S. Rosetta project scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
– Art Chmielewski, U.S. Rosetta project manager, JPL