Red Rover, Red Rover

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Seizing An Opportunity

December 25, 2004

I sure am glad that's over with.”

After six months exploring “Endurance Crater” Opportunity was on the move again. She was now occasionally being told to drive backwards in order to help maintain her wheels better, though it wasn't apparent to her as to how they could've figured that out. They were the scientists after all.

But I guess there's still some work to do.”

She had been told that as long as she was in the area, it would be a good idea to investigate and study her discarded heat shielding. Thus far, everyone at home was in love with her performance. All the data she had been sending back was wonderful, and even though her initial mission was already successful, she was asked to continue on.

I guess this is my own fault really. This is what happens to people who work too hard after all. No reason it wouldn't apply to me as well. At least they appreciate everything I've been doing.”

As she came upon the debris, she was really beginning to feel the low energy levels, having had to work through her first long and arduous dust storm since arrival.

Hope this doesn't take too long. Looks like the next few days are going to be chock-full of driving and snapping pictures and driving...and pictures again.”

There was a crackle in her ear. A message from back home that wasn't work related at all. Somebody was saying Merry Christmas.

Is it that time already?”

She paused a moment, fondly remembering her last Christmas back home.

Spirit...I hope you're doing well. I know you're probably missing me about as much as I am you. You might not understand why I haven't come back yet, but I know you know how much this all means to me. I've got a job to do, but I'll return home as soon as it's been fully completed...whenever that is.”

She looked up just in time to see a shooting star, and like any slightly odd person, made a wish on it.

Merry Christmas brother.”

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