Humanity reaches long,
stretches eager arms far distances,
all the way out to touch Pluto.
A distant, faint Kuiper-belt object
we strained towards and finally grasped.
One more generation, one more planet – or planetesimal.
Humanity's reach extended further across the cosmos.
If our Solar System were a stadium,
we knocked the ball out of the park.
It will only whet our appetites for more!
Someday human-crewed ships will cross
vast distances and see Pluto, up close
and personal. Present scientists will be a memory,
their names used to tag future features of
asteroid and planetary landscapes.
Congratulations are in order:
We refrained from destroying
ourselves or our planet long enough
to reach out and photograph yet another.
Well done, Human Race. :-)