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The Runaway Rocket The rocket soared into the sky And lighted up the night; The scientists looked on distraught By the unscheduled flight. Although they programmed it to fly Around the blue-green earth, It headed straight toward outer space And to their fears gave birth. They shouted to the speeding ship, "You must get back on course To circle round the earth or we Will soon resort to force. You broke the law of gravity And pay for it you must." "I won't abide by any law I don't consider just," Said the independent rocket As toward outer space it thrust. "We'll blow you up," the scientists Cried out in great alarm. "Just let it be," Von Braun said, "For it can do no harm," And as he watched it thunder toward The moon, the sun, the stars, He dreamed of that great day to come When men would walk on Mars. The missile sped through outer space For many thousand years, And saw the universe untouched By human hands and fears; Then landed on a planet whose Inhabitants amazed Now knew that there was life somewhere In space, and God they praised.
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