“Touchdown confirmed!”

A Mini Cooper sized £1.6 billion robot

beginning  interplanetary exploration, the $7 per head price tag

seemed suddenly a bargain.

Retro rockets reignited our passion for daring adventures

when the expected signal of confirmation  created scenes of wild jubilation

not only at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

A one Martian year mission, seeking signs of

Aqua vita from a million, billion years ago.

Spirit of adventure,

Opportunity grasped,

Curiosity sated.