With Gratitude — For NASA, JPL And… Thee, “Opportunity”.

We are grinning, ear to ear — on this quiet cloudy Saturday afternoon (with dustings of snow due in shortly), here (even as we know others are marking profound passings, tomorrow):

The echoes of your past vibrate through space,

And secrets lie beneath your broken skin;

The cracks and rimless craters on your face,

Reveal to us what’s hidden deep within.

Now frozen underground in super lakes,

Under a pitted surface lined with breaks;

A reservoir of life within our sight,

To reach for when we know the time is right.

— Samuel Illingworth
Plains of Paradise
December 2, 2016

Yes. Opportunity has fallen silent, into eternity. And we will miss that rover’s lilting little “voice“, to be sure — so filled with knowledge, wonder and. . . the sweet new undiscovered country. But — even so — onward, to. . . tomorrow, and drilling on Mars with the Insight science deck pack. Ever. . . onward.


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