They talk about Mars too much now. But you told me you wanted to go to Mercury instead. I still think it’s a colonial impulse that informs the kind of space travel humans do. Even though we do all love space.

We anticipate the photographs. We cried when the Mars Rover died. As if somehow it was a high achieving sentient being, & not a sleuthing camera machine.

I guess Mercury is close to all the planets in the galaxy, & it has ice on the poles. So habitable? Can be terraformed according to you. Why they’ve picked Mars, who really knows?

I wish they’d choose Earth.

© Niliema Karkhanis

Featured photo by NASA from Unsplash

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