I used to feel the same way about this, but then someone reminded me: the rovers were literally made to go to Mars. They were manufactured on Earth, but everything about them was designed with the red planet in mind- their sensors were made for a thinner drier atmosphere, their working parts built to move in lower gravity. On Earth, Spirit might not have even lasted the 90 days of her predicted lifespan before breaking, let alone nearly seven years. As harsh of an environment as it is, they were better adapted for there than here.
We didn’t abandon the Mars rovers. We sent them home.
Somewhere a rocket scientist brain surgeon physicist with a knack for economics who wears Velcro shoes is having a stress breakdown.
When I was a professional ballroom dance instructor, one of my coworkers was having a tough time teaching a step to her student. As he gets more frustrated she tells him “it’s ok- you’ll get it- this isn’t rocket science.”
There is an awkward pause as her student stares back at her. "No" he agrees, "this isn’t rocket science. That I can do. This is some sadistic step designed specifically to torture rocket scientists.”