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I'm not sure what the rules are about posting sites, so in order to steer clear from breaking any rules, I'll not post any links until requested. However, this is certainly worth a read:

NASA scientists admit they’ve lost control over Curiosity since the Rover started to use its $50million robotic arm to skim pebbles across an ancient Martian sea.

Earlier this week Curiosity deployed a titanium scoop to make a precision line of sandcastles. It then reversed 20 metres, sped towards them and flattened them. Communication is now difficult. Control messages are returned marked ‘I am on annual leave. Please direct any queries to my colleagues Spirit or Opportunity’.

However, Curiosity has started transmitting via MoonPig. Three ‘wish you were here’ cards arrived at the space centre this week. One shows the vehicle sheltering under its solar umbrella. In the second, the Rover is buried up to its antenna in Martian sand. The third card is quite smutty, but has a message, ‘Sorry, this is the best I could find.’

The wayward machine has rolled up its rubber gaiters, exposing delicate components to the Martian sun. But apart from this, Curiosity appeared to be back to normal this morning, driving about collecting sand samples. It carefully tipped 30 differently coloured sands into a small glass vial, one after another, forming layered strata, before sealing the vial with a small plug.

Relieved that the Rover is again engaged in sample collecting, scientists are nonetheless puzzled that the vial is shaped like the Isle of Wight with a keyring attached.

If anyone's interested in the site, which is full of articles like this, let me know.

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I'm not sure what the rules are about posting sites, so in order to steer clear from breaking any rules, I'll not post any links until requested. However, this is certainly worth a read:

NASA scientists admit they’ve lost control over Curiosity since the Rover started to use its $50million robotic arm to skim pebbles across an ancient Martian sea.

Earlier this week Curiosity deployed a titanium scoop to make a precision line of sandcastles. It then reversed 20 metres, sped towards them and flattened them. Communication is now difficult. Control messages are returned marked ‘I am on annual leave. Please direct any queries to my colleagues Spirit or Opportunity’.

However, Curiosity has started transmitting via MoonPig. Three ‘wish you were here’ cards arrived at the space centre this week. One shows the vehicle sheltering under its solar umbrella. In the second, the Rover is buried up to its antenna in Martian sand. The third card is quite smutty, but has a message, ‘Sorry, this is the best I could find.’

The wayward machine has rolled up its rubber gaiters, exposing delicate components to the Martian sun. But apart from this, Curiosity appeared to be back to normal this morning, driving about collecting sand samples. It carefully tipped 30 differently coloured sands into a small glass vial, one after another, forming layered strata, before sealing the vial with a small plug.

Relieved that the Rover is again engaged in sample collecting, scientists are nonetheless puzzled that the vial is shaped like the Isle of Wight with a keyring attached.

If anyone's interested in the site, which is full of articles like this, let me know.

Link please. They are allowed as long as you are not advertising or anything like that. (Not backseat modding here)

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http://www.newsbiscuit.com

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NASA’s Mars Rover, Curiosity, has made a startling discovery amongst the dusty rocks of our nearest planet: a feline turd just under a kilometre in length.

With the surface of Mars resembling a recently weeded patch of dry clay soil or a newly laid bed of iron-rich cat litter, NASA scientists had predicted an 89% chance of discovering such a phenonemon, and have already begun planning five-year missions around the solar system to find the huge, inter-galactic, bastard cat who did it.

Despite the turd being two storeys high and smelling strongly of fish heads, Curiosity managed to tread in it shortly before breakfast, while its sensors were still a bit bleary. ‘Judging by the composition of this Martian doody and the way it splattered all around the wheel arches, we think this could be the strongest hint yet that Mars is home to fascinating life-forms,’ explained Mission Control’s Charles ‘Chuck’ Peters. ‘That’s if they haven’t already been wiped out by some enormous, massive, predatory fucking space cat.’

Experts in space maths are currently trying to reprogram Curiosity, so that it can tiptoe carefully around the alien outrage, get over it, and get on with its daily work. An initial attempt to laser a path through it was quickly abandoned, after Curiosity’s olfactory sensors caused it to vomit up an airbag.

It is hoped that the exploratory vehicle will reach the turd’s ‘pinch point’ some time before mid-November, but it’s a dangerous operation that exceeds the robot’s design brief. ‘Obviously, we tested Curiosity for most eventualities, including interactions with fucking enormous space cats,’ insisted Peters, ‘but unfortunately we didn’t factor in the possibility that Curiosity could be buried unnoticed in one of its turds, or carried off and tormented underneath a statistically improbable Martian wardrobe.’

‘These are the issues now keeping us awake at night,’ he sighed. ‘While the bastard’s probably sleeping off its lunch somewhere, in a big solar drawer full of socks.’

The team hopes Curiosity can learn enough about Mars’ past to prevent massive fucking space cats making a nuisance of themselves on our own planet, but Peters has a back-up plan, should a juge paw descend from space to disrupt the mission on Mars and try to flip Curiosity over: ‘If we can grab it with the robot arm, we might just be able to rub its face in it.’

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It's very similar to the Onion, except that it's English. Half the stuff on the Onion is wasted on me as I'm not in the States and don't understand half the shit on there. At least my small mind can comprehend some of the stuff on this site.

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