Below you will find an account of my 2015 journey to research and connect with Pioneer 10, a project that continues today in the form of both poetry and prose. Stay updated on writing-related news by visiting my author page.
A few poems about Pioneer 10 have been posted on Lemonhound’s blog: http://lemonhound.com/2015/05/07/northern-british-columbia-six-poets/ . Thanks to curator Gillian Wigmore and Lemonhound for providing these poems with a venue.
My interview with writer and radio host Sheila Peters aired this morning on Smithers Community Radio. It can still heard via podcast at this link: http://www.smithersradio.com/program-playlist/shadow-mountain-playlist-04032015 . Thanks Sheila Peters!
My Pioneer 10 project will be the focus of this Friday’s radio show, hosted by Sheila Peters on Smithers Community Radio 93.9 http://www.smithersradio.com/stationprogram/shadow-mountain . If you miss the live show, it will also be available on podcast.
Well, I’ve been home nearly 3 days, and I feel the way a bird looks to me when it hits a window. A bit dazed and waiting for my experiences to settle. On the plane home, I read Jim Bell’s new book The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission. While the Voyager probes get the spotlight, there is some information on the Pioneers as well. In his book, Bell quotes John Casani, Voyager‘s Project Manager, saying, “Don’t anthropomorphize the spacecraft. They don’t like it” (20). This tongue-in-cheek comment speaks to the challenge of keeping our inherent emotional impulses at bay when we try to speak precisely about non-human things or non-human animals, whether it is probes or birds hitting windows. Bell also provides terrific links to other resources. Here’s one related to the section of Bell’s book where he quotes Casani, an article written by Melissa Rice about the “cuteness” factor of the Mars Rover. For me, the Rover may be cute, but the Pioneer 10 is beautiful.
Well, this is it, at least the fly by portions of my trip. We head home today. Tomorrow I start analyzing the data I collected. 🙂 Over the next few months I will be posting stories, poems, works-in-progress and news on the manuscript. Everyone we met has been so helpful and generous. I hope I can return that favor with work that does the Pioneer 10 and all the people who have worked on it proud.