Posted by: iansales | May 2, 2010

villanelle 1202

There’s panic on the ground in mission control:
an alarm’s sounding – it’s a 1202;
they can see a red light on the console.

But what does it mean? Quick! Hunt through the manual;
this is it: the radar for the rendezvous…
There’s panic on the ground in mission control.

The astronaut is demanding, go or no go?
Did this come up in simulation too?
They can see a red light on the console.

They don’t need it for the descent, they must be told;
there’s too much data for it to chew.
There’s panic on the ground in mission control.

Turn off the radar, it’s not needed in that role –
an easy fix, that’s all you must do.
They can see a red light on the console.

Disaster is averted, the pilot’s in control;
no bunch of guys about to turn blue.
There’s panic on the ground in mission control,
they can see a red light on the console.

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