We’re back in space today, now that I’ve discovered NASA’s audacious plan to give the moon a moon,, which is actually a clever way to practice doing things that will be necessary for the later, longer, much-promised trip to Mars.
But we must always be mindful of the tendency of our great plans to create unintended consequences. My concern with any moon-related adventure is the potential negative effect it could have on an important global resource – our canon of Tin Pan Alley moon songs.
Really, these things are not to be messed with.
Fly me past the moon
So I can fetch the moon a moon
Picked up from an asteroid
as if in a cartoon.
We’ll call it the “Moon of Moon”.
I love to say “moon moon moon moon”.
Any rock will do,
we’re only practicing for Mars.
Rehearsing like teenagers,
who dream of driving cars.
It’s time to be on our way
I want to be plucking boulders
What a gift to give –
a friend to orbit, evermore.
So our moon won’t have to be
as moonless as before.
Let’s make this moon dream come true.
I want to say I’ve mooned you!
When has it been a big production to give a small gift?