Earlier this year, the University of Colorado held the “Going to Mars” haiku writing contest. More than 12,000 people turned in submissions. Every poem that picked up at least two votes in a public poll will be included in a DVD for a space mission with the MAVEN.

According to Mashable, NASA plans to send the MAVEN spacecraft to Mars in November. The contest organizers announced that five haikus each received more than 1,000 votes and earned a place in a “top five” list. Here is one those pieces, penned by Benedict Smith:

“It’s funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth”

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