Like painted kites, those days and nights
went flyin' by
The world was new, beneath a blue
Then softer than a piper man,
one day it called to you
And I lost you, I lost you to
the summer wind...
NASA engineers are hoping those words, famously crooned by Frank Sinatra, don't come true this summer for the unflappable Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
Summer is approaching on Mars, and with it comes the onset of huge wind storms that kick dust around the twin Mars Exploration Rovers and their life-giving solar panels.