NASA Has Achieved The Pinnacle Of Space Travel

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Apr. 24, 2013

The Mars Exploration Rover Mission was launched by NASA in 2003. Two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were to land on Mars and explore the planet in greater detail than ever before.

They arrived January 2004 and immediately began sending amazing pictures and data back to NASA. On March 23, 2004, NASA announced that the rovers discovered proof of past water on its surface. This discovery led NASA to want to explore more, to learn more, and to build the Curiosity Rover that landed on Mars last year.

The cost to get them there? $820 million.

The cost to operate? At least $120 million.

The value? Priceless. Not priceless because of the research or the photos or the discoveries. Not priceless because of the idea that humans were able to have a form of contact with another planet. Not priceless because these discoveries and experiments will one day lead to humans setting foot on the red surface. No.

Priceless because one the rovers drew a dick:

One small step for man, one giant dick for mankind.

This happened most likely due to basic programming and not because a NASA scientist on the driving stick decided to pull an awesome prank. The rovers were programmed to randomly turn in circles to test the terrain and discover safer routes.

However, that's a dick. A big ol' red Mars dick. And it brings a tear to our eye.

Sadly, no one is sure which rover drew it. But we want to believe that maybe the two rovers, brothers, sent up together to die a lonely, robotic death for the quest to expand human knowledge about Mars, somehow drew it together.

Spirit and Opportunity, we salute you.

- Mark (twitter)

 

 

21 comments
treyert
treyert User

Reminds me of Boing Boing.

treyert
treyert

Reminds me of Boing Boing.

DoucheVadar
DoucheVadar User

Slow day at Break headquarters, huh?

DoucheVadar
DoucheVadar

Slow day at Break headquarters, huh?

linearphaze
linearphaze

i cant wait to get to mars and start littering the place with pepsi cans and candy wrappers, this is going to be epic

Trevor-Fromm-629
Trevor-Fromm-629

Awesome looking at what a 1 billion dollor investment is doing

Geepa53
Geepa53 User

Oh, it's a dick alright.

Geepa53
Geepa53

Oh, it's a dick alright.

FubarTime
FubarTime User

"The only thing that can f**k an a**hole, is a d*ck, with some balls." Mars, you are the a**hole!

FubarTime
FubarTime

"The only thing that can f**k an a**hole, is a d*ck, with some balls." Mars, you are the a**hole!

CoreyGagnon
CoreyGagnon User

Is it just me or does the first picture of the rover looks like he is proud of himself?

CoreyGagnon
CoreyGagnon

Is it just me or does the first picture of the rover looks like he is proud of himself?

My-2-Cents
My-2-Cents User

Only a dick would see a dick or someone who likes looking at dicks....

My-2-Cents
My-2-Cents

Only a dick would see a dick or someone who likes looking at dicks....

Dalingrin
Dalingrin

Spirit and Opportunity, we salute you - WTF I thought you said Spirit and Curiosity in the beginning?

Dalingrin
Dalingrin

Spirit and Opportunity, we salute you - WTF I thought you said Spirit and Curiosity in the beginning?

KKTPP
KKTPP

you're a dick!

KKTPP
KKTPP

you're a dick!

itssimplymine
itssimplymine

one thousand x a million would make a billion. (1000 x 1 million = 1 billion)

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