MarsPoetica 
Join The BeautifulMars Project 
Mars Needs Poets! And Musicians, and Thinkers...

You can learn plenty about Mars with HiRISE. See briny water flows leave their mark. Catch an avalanche, spy dust devils, and locate new sites for future exploration. With a catalog of over 40,000 images, there is something for everyone.

We believe that HiRISE is an intersection between science and culture. We often post lines of poetry, aphorisms and literary quotations in different languages across many of our Twitter feeds and Tumblr sites, paired with an image that is meant to show that Mars can also be a place of inspiration and reflection.

With MarsPoetica, if you have a favorite line of poetry, lyrics from a beloved song, or perhaps a snippet of wisdom that you grew up with, you can help us keep this unique practice going by submitting it to us. We’ll list your name as the contributor, along with the name of the original author, poet or artist and where it came from: credit where credit is due. Original contributions are also welcome.

Foreign language submissions need to have an English translation, even if it’s your own interpretation, so we know what we’re posting. (Please, no Google Translate.) For a list of our languages, please see this page.

Note: All submissions are subject to a review before posting. We cannot pay anyone for original submissions.

Please use our contact page to make a submission, or to ask for more information. (Select “BeautifulMars”.)



About HiRISE
The HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is the most powerful one of its kind ever sent to another planet. Its high resolution allows us to see Mars like never before, and helps other missions choose a safe spot to land for future exploration.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and is operated by the University of Arizona.