NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) is an ongoing robotic space mission involving two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which headed for the planet Mars back in 2003 and reached their destination in January 2004.
Spirit is quiet now despite NASA’s best efforts to keep it talking. Opportunity continues to relay data. The mission’s scientific objective was to search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soils that hold clues to past water activity on Mars. A little poetic license was taken in these lyrics to be sung to the tune of Mancini’s “Moon River” from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. I may record them one day…
Mars Rovers, you travelled ‘cross the miles
A million score or more, who can say?
Months later, Endeavour Crater
Whatever you’re scanning, we’re coming some day
Two grifters, on a new, red world
There’s such a lot of dust to probe
Searching for life or just carbon, oughta see them through There’s water out there too, you know?
You lost Spirit,
Opportunity’s still there
Explore and let us know some some day
If our dream making isn’t heart breaking
On the Red Planet we soon might play
Two grifters, on a new red world
There’s such a lot of world to probe
That red sky at night, an astronaut’s delight
Old NASA’s little friends, Mars Rovers and me
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