Chronology Of Items Found On The Moon
Mary Soon Lee

June 13, 1973 (Apollo 18)
a tetrahedron made of technetium.

February 12, 1979 (Apollo 28)
a cube made of curium.

November 18, 1983 (Soyuz 84)
an octahedron made of neptunium;
a windup musical box
engineered to perform
paired polytempic melodies.

December 15, 1985 (Apollo 63)
a dodecahedron made of diamond;
a twisted strand of copper.

November 17, 1990 (Shuguang 16)
an icosahedron made of element 164;
an astronomical clock
displaying the positions
of the Earth, Moon, Sun, Saturn.

February 21, 1991 (Soyuz 179)
a sphere made from nanotubes;

January 20, 2003 (Mwezi 3)
two fossils:
one of a human child’s hand,
one of a six-clawed inhuman appendage.

December 17, 2011 (Tsukuyomi 14)
a four-dimensional tesseract;
one thousand origami cranes.

July 20, 2019 (Apollo 211)
the first doorway.

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Mary Soon Lee
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her book "Elemental Haiku," containing haiku for each element of the periodic table, has just been published by Ten Speed Press. Her website is and she tweets at @MarySoonLee.