M.D Dinesh Nair (Thrissur/Vijayawada)
THE TRIUMPH OF VOYAGER 1
Voyager 1, great salutes to you
As you have crossed out of the Solar System
Braving plasma, the hot particles discharged by the Sun
And travelling at a speed of 17 km per second!
Voyager 1, you are a winner and thus a hero now.
Durable engineering you have tested
And that has borne fruits after a long voyage.
Voyager 1, your journey began in 1977
Into interstellar spaces infinite
And your mentor NASA feels proud of you.
19.02 billion km from the Sun
Crossing Pluto the coldest and naughty brother of Earth,
Voyager 1, you study interstellar medium
What that occupies the gigantic chasms
Between stars in the space infinite!
Go on tracing the spaces further, dear Voyager 1
Till the truths of science are further excavated and looked into
Till you succumb to the truth of death
When fuel runs out and you breathe your last
In a world far from Gods and demons; cheers and sobs.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
VOYAGER 1 and 2 are the first human made objects to have been sent to space to reap the harvest of durable engineering. Voyager 1 and 2 were launched in 1977 by the NASA. Voyager 1 reached the space above Jupiter in 1979, that of Saturn in 1980 and that of Uranus in 1990. [Voyager 2 was launched as a supporting shuttle and both of them have been close to the edge of the outer Solar System].
According to the information published in the journal SCIENCE dated Sept 12, the Scientists of Iowa University stated that on August 25,2012 VOYAGER 1 crossed the outer Solar System. The Voyager 1 has fuel that will last up to 2025 and if fuelled again, it can reach the space of the next star within 40,000 years from now!
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