A column of an article in an old journal, “The Museum of Foreign Literature and Science” (1835), redacted into a fragment. The image in the right column is a HiRISE image of the South Pole of Mars. (Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
The U.S. government shutdown which began on Oct. 1, 2013 has impacted many government agencies, including NASA. For this poem, I redacted an old text, “A Columbus of Space,” by Garrett Putman Serviss (1911).