#Life is Made of #Comet s – a #poem by Kate Rauner


Artist’s concept of Philae’s touchdown on Comet 67/P

A – ce – ta – mides,
Pro – pi – on – al – dehydes,
That’s what the spectrum’s made of.

Snips and snails
And puppy-dog tails,
That’s what boys are made of.

Ice and dust
And organic musts,
That’s what comets are made of.

Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That’s what girls are made of

Brought to Earth
Eons ago
That’s what life is made of.

Thanks to Wikipedia for versions of the 19th century nursery rhyme. And to Rosetta , the first spacecraft to orbit a comet; to Philae, the first to achieve an almost-soft landing on one; and the “sexiest mass spectrum” ever for what comets are made of. [nationalgeographic.com]


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