As a tribute to Spirit and honoring Opportunity's continuing adventure, 'poet dude' extraordinaire Stuart Atkinson has written some beautiful words which I have incorporated into a new 'poemster' (poem-poster).
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NB: Before anybody goes
the figure '8' of the rover tracks is not real, just added for effect
Here's Stu poem:FIGURE EIGHT
Hard to believe the Homeworld has circled Sol eight times
Since the first MER bounced and boinged to a historic halt on Mars,
Spirit followed faithfully soon after by her sister, Opportunity,
Just as Clark had followed Lewis two centuries before.
Babies born bloodied and bawling on that day chase girls
In busy schoolyards now; wide-eyed, Star Trek t-shirt-wearing
Interns who stumbled along the deer-stalked paths of JPL
Now have interns of their own, and peer at screens painted
Picasso-shades by real data beamed from the true Final Frontier...
In a thousand years, when Mars has oceans of retina-burning blue,
And honeymooning couples crump across the snow-capped summit
of Olympus, the names 'Spirit' and "Opportunity' will still be
Spoken wistfully; and tourists from Titan, explorers from Europa
And Hyperion's most respected historians will stand before
The rovers, displayed in all their restored glory in the Great
Museum of Mars and envy us, this generation which saw Gusev's
Rugged Rocks and Meridiani's misty mountains for the first time,
In 2004, the year Earth finally conquered Mars.
© Stuart Atkinson