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Blast Off/Blown Apart

NASA Rocket Launch
Blasting off into something new
Blown apart before our dreams came true

Facing our fear of uncertainty
With the force of exit velocity

All that remains are fragments
Dreams now past
All that survives is a remnant
Hope for space at last

This is part of my “Inspired by Space” Series.


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Title: CONTOUR Launch

NASA’s Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) launched on a Boeing Delta II rocket on July 3, 2002 from Cape Canaveral. The probe was lost after it ignited its solid rocket engine take it out of Earth’s orbit and put it on a heliocentric trajectory. After the firing, no contact could be made with the probe. Telescopic surveys found three objects near the expected position of CONTOUR, leading scientists to believe that these objects were parts of the craft. CONTOUR was designed to make close fly-bys of at least two comet nuclei.

Image Number: KSC-02PP-1124

Date: July 3, 2002

Source: NASA Commons

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Showing My Work #1: Outline

In 2010, I was laid off from my job as a Geography teacher with the East St. Louis Public School District. That week, I started writing a book that I entitled Something I’m Writing. I’ll explain the title for now, but for now, I thought I’d just show you the outline I’m going to be working from. I have abandoned much of what I initially wrote, so this will be, in essence, a whole new book.

From the outline you’ll see that I aim to answer a series of questions about my writing. We’ll see if I’m able hit my target in the coming weeks.