Sketch Of Penis On Mars? Who (On Earth) Drew It?

By Gopi Chandra Kharel on April 25, 2013 1:14 AM EDT

Mars Manhood
The robots in Mars appears to sketch a picture of phallus. (Photo: NASA)

There are moments that remind us of one thing -- A solemn subject though it might be, Science too can sometimes offer us some doses of humor!

The Internet went frenzy Wednesday after the picture of a supposed sketch of an erect penis on the surface of Mars was posted by the user of a social networking site. Many individuals suggested that a driver of a robot sent to Mars nine years ago drew it on purpose out of boredom or mischievousness (or both).

NASA's $820-million exploration rovers called Spirit and Opportunity were sent to mars in 2003. They landed there in 2004 after which they started strolling around in search of water, a vital sign of the  possibility of life in the planet.

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But while the pair of robots were driven around, they left criss-crossing marks on the surface of the Red Planet that appear like the sketch of an erect penis and testicles.

Whether an accident or a well-orchestrated work of "art" from a pervert scientist, the cosmic phallus was spotted Tuesday night by a Reddit member with the account name "radioactive_toy" who posted the picture online saying "I just realized that NASA drew a penis on Mars".

The photo and the NASA webpage associated with it were jammed with a surge of online traffic following the eccentric revelation.

Science publications and online forums have been posting humorous articles on the cosmic manhood.  The Register headlined the story with a bold and capitalized "COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO: NASA rovers scrawl giant willy on Mars" while the science news website Space.com questioned: "Has juvenile humor landed on Mars?"

And as science did give us a reason to giggle today, there are moments which remind us of another peculiar thing -- News is not always a SERIOUS thing.

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