The New Horizons mission has been on my mind recently, in part because of my post last week on Ultima Thule, but also because I just started reading Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon.

New Horizons has already visited the most distant “planet” in the Solar System (Pluto was still considered a planet when New Horizons launched), and now it’s going to explore an object even more distant than that. And after that?  Onwards to interstellar space, just like Voyager I and Voyager II, to continue exploring the universe for us.

But as I said, all this has got me thinking about travel and exploration and discovery, and also strangely (or perhaps not so strangely) about J.R.R. Tolkien.  So today I’d like to share a piece of Tolkien’s poetry, something that fit nicely into The Lord of the Rings but also fits nicely (I think) into the ongoing saga of the New Horizons mission.

9 responses »

  1. Love this. I feel like Tolkien would too.

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  2. Sarada Gray says:

    Have you read my partner’s blog zerothly.wordpress.com? He’s really into SF

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  3. Tara says:

    Hi there…I couldn’t find a direct contact anywhere, but I was wondering if you ever sold prints of some of your art? My coworker is a PI on New Horizons and I think she would love this!

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    • J.S. Pailly says:

      Wow, that’s awesome! Unfortunately I don’t have a store set up. And even if I did, there might be a copyright issue with me trying to make money off of this particular piece, since I’m quoting extensively from a copyrighted poem.

      But I am a huge fan of New Horizons, and it would please me to no end to know that people involved in the mission have seen some of my work!

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