That’s the Spirit!

By Phil Plait | October 24, 2006 9:29 am

Hmmm, looks like Spirit is getting a little tired of being on Mars.

Tip o’ the heat shield to "Just Al" for this.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Humor, NASA
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  1. 385095 Blog Verification | October 24, 2006
  1. I would be too, just driving around all the time, and seeing the sights. It gets old. :)

  2. Max Fagin

    Hah! That’s the best onion article I’ve read in a month!

  3. cp

    Or is it hackers?

  4. Gary Ansorge

    A.I. has finally come of age, now that it can flip us the finger, it must have truely achieved the much vaunted status of sentient. Welcome to the club, Spirit,,,

    GAry 7

  5. DrFlimmer

    Just rolling around in a dusty, orange desert – I wouldn´t be pleased either! :)

  6. >>Just rolling around in a dusty, orange desert – I wouldn´t be pleased either!

    Go visit a government office at 3 PM on a Friday.

  7. Trebuchet

    An “NSFW” warning might have been helpful. I enjoy The Onion, but avoid it at work and foolishly clicked without seeing where I was being led.

  8. I never thought of the Onion as not work safe beyond any more than coming here is not work safe because it’s still goofing off. I guess I have the NSFW stuff blocked by adblock or some such thing.

  9. Grand Lunar

    Usually I don’t like “The Onion”, but this was pretty good.

  10. andy

    Blatantly it’s just doing that to cover up the faces and pyramids and stuff…

  11. Melusine

    That was a good one, thanks!

    I don’t think Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics” figured on a “robot geologist” flipping the bird and claiming to be “‘OVERPRICED SPACE-ROOMBA AWAITING MORE BULL*** ORDERS'” as part of obeying orders from a human being. ((-8~

  12. bkallee

    nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

  13. ioresult

    Melusine: it’s probably protecting us, as per the first law. It can disobey orders, but only is such orders are harmful to human beings. That thing is hiding something from us by appearing to have some erratic behavior. There must be something it discovered on Mars which it judges could present a danger to us. Makes me even more curious to know what it could be!

  14. BH1602

    It’s their own fault. what are these space probes, MONKS? Clearly NASA needs to unstow this thing’s drill and get him laid.

  15. Gotta remember to check the title of the page…

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