The following poem is a tribute to the 2005 landing of the Huygens probe on Titan- the Saturnian moon that is believed by many to hold clues about how life began on earth (See Huygens Lands With A Splat )
Saturn’s Child, The Curtain Rises
Titan Great, Saturn’s moon,
peaceful tranquil, we’ll be there soon.
Shroud of Gas, unknown surprises,
Saturn’s child, the curtain rises.
Huygens search, to Titan sent.
Sent to find ingredient,
seas of methane, rising tide.
Huygens landing, enjoy the ride.
Huygens probe on quest to find,
what’s believed to lie behind
the start of life, upon our globe.
Travels far have led this probe.
Riding high beyond the earth,
Huygens flies to find life’s birth,
Tethered on Cassini’s back.
Designed so fine, will take the flack.
Down on earth in ground control
many faces await their goal.
Results will come through darkest space.
What’s on Titan, mysterious place?
Cassini’s trek through Saturn’s rings.
New discoveries and finds it brings.
Moons unknown to man before
Cassini knocked on Saturn’s door.
Now we wait for Christmas day
Huygens’ probe will pull away.
Leave Cassini tethered friend
Data glean and data send.