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« on: April 24, 2013, 03:04:57 PM »

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Nasa's $800m Mars Exploration Rovers have accidentally drawn a penis.

The twin exploration vehicles Spirit and Opportunity were launched nine years ago, in an effort to search the surface of Mars for signs of water erosion and possibly even life.

According to Nasa, since then the rovers have driven over more than 10km of Martian land, directed by teams back on Earth combined with autonomous cameras designed to avoid potential problems with the terrain.

It appears that part of the robots' programming involves spinning in tight circles to test nearby terrain and find new routes.

Humorously, depending on your age perhaps, that has the unfortunate consequence of drawing a certain shape on the surface, which when discovered by Reddit essentially crashed Nasa's website.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/24/mars-rover-penis-nasa_n_3144656.html?1366792449

they should do a smiley face next.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 03:18:40 PM »

Great thread title.

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 07:20:52 PM »

Didn't Bush and Cheney orchestrate some budget cuts to NASA back around when the mission launched. My guess is that this is a deliberate attempt by that team to draw a portrait of either of those 2 on the Martian surface.  icon_twisted
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