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Artist sketch is early space station concept from the 1959 NASA brochure "Space The New Frontier."  (Image credit: NASA.)   Cut-text forming the poem is from an out-of-print journal, "The Eclectic Museum of Foreign Literature, Science and Art, Volume 1" (1843).

Artist sketch is early space station concept from the 1959 NASA brochure “Space The New Frontier.” (Image credit: NASA.) Cut-text forming the poem is from an out-of-print journal, “The Eclectic Museum of Foreign Literature, Science and Art, Volume 1” (1843).

Out-of-copyright text borrowed for a poem.  The phrase "I am on Earth right now" comes from NASA's "Global Selfie" initiative for Earth Day today.  Underlying image to the left was taken by the Juno spacecraft.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems).  Underlying image to the right is from an old out-of-print work. I am indebted to Dr. David Grinspoon for proposing "I am not on Earth right now" as a counterpoint.  Without his insight, this piece would not have been born.

The phrase “I am on Earth right now” comes from NASA’s “Global Selfie” initiative for Earth Day today. Underlying image to the left was taken by the Juno spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems). Underlying image to the right is from an old out-of-print work.  The diptych “hinge” was created from photos of the ISS’s solar array.
I am indebted to Dr. David Grinspoon for proposing “I am not on Earth right now” as a counterpoint. Without his insight, this piece would not have been born.