In issue 25 of Principium, published in May, we challenged i4is members and supporters, and space fans more generally, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing on 20 July 1969 by writing a poem to show how interstellar exploration can inspire us just as much today as the epic achievement of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins did half a century ago, during the Apollo 11 mission.
We were delighted by the diversity of the entries we received, and are proud to publish below, fifty years to the day after Neil's 'one giant leap', the winning entry: 'when your face became the moon', by Dr Ina Roy-Faderman. The poem will also be published in issue 26 of Principium, out in August, and Dr Roy-Faderman will receive a year's free membership of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies, along with a copy of Principium 26.
Thank you to all the competition entrants.
when your face became the moon, by Dr Ina Roy-Faderman