Pasadena, CA - Spammers have taken control of communications on
Mars rover Spirit, and have started using it as an interplanetary
spam relay announced NASA representative Sylvia Monborn.
NASA engineers first became aware the issue when the images of the
Martian landscape from the pancam started to resemble hot young girls
who like to spread them. For some of the engineers the new pictures
were even more interesting than Martian rocks, but they eventually
realized that something had gone wrong.
Direct Marketing Alliance President Wilbur Simons said, “The
US government passed a law against unsolicited e-mail, so as spammers
we had to be more creative. As far as I know the Mars government
has not banned spam on their planet.”
NASA promised to track down the people responsible. “Please
send to us any spam you receive originating from the ‘@spirit.mars’ address,
so we can track down the offending spammers. Don’t forget to
include the pictures too,” said primary investigator Elwyn
Anti-spam advocates were upset by the news, and called for severe
penalties for the offenders. “I think this makes it clear that
we need to launch a tactical nuclear strike on the Mars rover to
stop these spammers in their tracks,” said Marla Bacon of the
Stop Spam Now organization.
Even some admitted spammers were upset. “It is guys like this
that give legitimate direct e-mail marketers a bad name. Using the
Mars rover as a tool to spread their pornography is not the proper
use for such an advanced device. They should allow it to be used
in the name of science, like sending messages about the advanced
technology behind our weight loss products,” said Wally Paulsen.
British scientists now believe that communications with the Beagle
2 Mars probe were compromised as well, and an overload of spam shut
down the system.
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