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Rovers on Mars
eljota

There on the rim of Victoria Crater
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A place we may visit more sooner than later
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A tiny blue glint on the edge of Verde Cape
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Sits Mars rover Opportunity; we’ve got the tape.
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Not the first recon photo of Mars, it is true
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But rare on the surface of Mars, something blue.
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It got there the hard way, by vacuum of space
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To bounce to a landing in this alien place
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Five kilometers to travel on six little wheels
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To validate mankind’s exploration ideals
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To the rim of a crater so vivid and stark
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Three years on a mission, no stroll in the park.
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The intrepid rover sending its beams
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Of bits and bytes in informative streams
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Data and images all too often dramatic
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Compositions, positions, and data climatic.
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On the flip side of Mars is the rover Spirit
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With a broken wheel that can hardly steer it
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Slowly and safely traversing with care
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Braving the icy cold Martian thin air.
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Not quite the star that Opportunity is
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Memory problems made it less than a whiz.
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Amnesia eventually was solved
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Spirit’s mission continues to evolve.
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The skeptics would say, “What a waste.”
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Of resources to give those starving a taste.
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With unity, freedom, and peace to be yearned
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Mankind  reaches out for what can be learned
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Go to the NASA/JPL website for images.
Truly amazing!

12 Jan 07


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L13-16...
very nice.
repost?

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