"B is for Bennu."
Is that good enough for you?
-Dr. Andrew S. Rivkin
Abstract #1945, "Hydrated Minerals on B-class Asteroids", A. S. Rivkin, E. S. Howell, J. P. Emery, M. Richardson
A, S, J
Oceans long since past
Dry, cracked ground, no trace remains
But the taste of salt.
-Ms. Elise M. Harrington
Abstract #1490, "Detailed Chloride Mapping in Terra Sirenum, Mars", E. M. Harrington, B. B. Bultel, A. M. Krzesińska, S. Werner
Compare day and night:
The surface cools, bedrock shines
The fines fade away.
-Mr. Justin C. Cowart
Abstract #1112, "Compositional Analysis of Martian Regolith and Surface Deposits Using THEMIS Repeat Imaging Over the Diurnal Cycle", J. C. Cowart, A. D. Rogers
J + S+
She sways to and fro
Plunging us into darkness
When will summer come?
-Mr. Samuel F. A. Cartwright
Abstract #2533, "The Lunar Season Calculator: An Accessible Tool for Future Mission Planning", S. F. A. Cartwright, J. M. Bretzfelder
All the labs are closed
And I can't travel. This is all
The data I have.
-Dr. Tasha L. Dunn
Abstract #1063, "A CV Chondrite Clast in a CK Chondrite?", T. L. Dunn, K. N. Robak, J. Gross
Submitted last year
But you never saw it and
Mercury is rad.
-Prof. Michelle Thompson
Abstract #1496, "Understanding the Space Weathering of Mercury Through Laboratory Experiments", M. S. Thompson, K. E. Vander Kaaden, M. J. Loeffler, F. M. McCubbin
Criteria for Judging Haiku:
- The abstract summary should be in the general form of haiku (or senryu or zappai). The judges will consider those with rhythmic syllable count similar to the classic form of 5-7-5. Small variants (e.g., 5-9-5) are acceptable (e.g., Kimo), consistent with the current state of English haiku. Other verse forms are not eligible, e.g., limericks.
- The haiku must serve their practical purpose: with the abstract title, they must tell the reader what to expect in the abstract. And the expectation must match the abstract itself. Here's an unapologetic example from LPSC a few years ago.
High Radar Reflectivity on Venus' Highlands: Different Signatures on Ovda Regio and Maxwell Montes," E. Harrington, A. H. Treiman. Abstract #2713.
The hills grow brighter
As you climb, but the summits
Remain in darkness.
- The haiku should engage the reader. It should teach or explain something or pose interesting questions. Would you want to share the poem?
- Bonus points for literary values and maturity in construction, including for instances, meter, alliteration, ambiguity and shades of meaning, and/or humor or puns).
Particularly characteristic of the best haiku is a "punch", a jolt, an unexpected turn (in Japanese - kireji), typically in the last line. An example (for our Antarctic meteorite hunters) here is a slightly modified version of a classic haiku from the Japanese master Issa-san:
from the esteemed nose
of the esteemed Buddha –