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Space cadets tittering at the mention of Uranus have a new celestial object to giggle at: a giant penis drawn on the surface of Mars by NASA robots. Hard-up NASA in space knob outrage ... the rover's actual pic. Credit: NASA The US space agency's $820m exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity set out for Mars in 2003 and, …


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  1. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Probably needs some of these to better appreciate it.

    Title says it all.

  2. Velv

    Somebody at NASA is a fan of The Big Bang Theory.

    Leonard: "Just, out of curiosity, did he (Howard) ever have a shot with you?"

    Stephanie Barnett: "Are you insane? The guy was wearing an eye patch."

    Leonard: "Then why did you?"

    Stephanie Barnet: "He said that I could drive a car on Mars."


  3. Zmodem

    there would`nt be a photo if it was an accident

  4. AndrueC Silver badge

    Sounds like a cock and ball story.

  5. Andrew_b65


    My god! Those tracks in the Martian sand look exactly like a giant....

    Johnson! Over here, take a look at this (and so on...)

    1. Aaron Em

      Re: Goldmember

      Take a look at this -- I could swear it was an enormous drawing of a..

      Dick! Get a load of this, you'll never believe...

      1. TeeCee Gold badge

        Re: Goldmember

        Do you know? That bit where the tracks have crossed looks like huge....

        Nuts! I just spilled my coffee.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Goldmember

          If you squint right, the tracks going off the end kind of look like...

          Seamen working on a submarine never get a chance to do stuff like this.

          1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

            Re: Goldmember

            Clearly a penetrating riddle..

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Russians did moon breasts way back on March 8 1973.

    Russians did something similar quite a while ago on the moon, and intended to.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Russians did moon breasts way back on March 8 1973.

      Were the circles a celebration of women or was it nearly colliding with the lander?

      As for NASA if that was intentional looks like they pulled it off.

      Oh what was sexist!?

      We didn't have "politically correct" in 73

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Love the huge cock artwork.

    Hopes it was intentional.

  8. Jim Lewis

    Slightly less puerile...

    It could also be a picture of a telescope.

  9. cduance

    botany bay

    As in the SS Botany Bay...


  10. Irk

    Appropriate for the planet Mars

  11. skeptical i

    Years hence ....

    Extraterrestrial 1: "Yes, the ones from the third rock were here, we have analyzed the remains of their vehicle."

    Extraterrestrial 2: "They drew this?"

    Extraterrestrial 1: "The evidence indicates so."

    Extraterrestrial 2: "Why ever did they draw a giant nemnogacle*?"

    * nemnogacle = small item used in the repair of garments, similar in function to an Earthling thimble, designed to fit the equivalent of fingers on these specific Extraterrestrials.

  12. Palf

    I see is getting all snotty about this. That puritan streak still beats strong in every Yank heart.

    1. xyz Silver badge explanation.... "But the truth is much more prosaic. The phallic shape naturally resulted when the six-wheeled Spirit, which was declared dead in 2010, made a turn."

      I've heard this before..."I was hoovering naked when I slipped and..."

    2. Imsimil Berati-Lahn

      We academics are above this sort of thing...

      ...and yet we still make mention of it.

      Whilst shaking our heads and tutting (and trying >hard< to stifle a smirk).

  13. Gumby1

    Bit old this one

    That would be a slow Reddit user then. This was first published as a meme not long after the finish of the UK Olympic games 2012. Now I have to go search for the link. Looks like its been doing the rounds again as of 2 days.

    1. cnapan

      Re: Bit old this one

      I don't use reddit. I feel my life is a husk.

  14. Gumby1

    There that didn't take long.

    Or perhaps it has a habit of doing this.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Kinda like writing your phone number in a public toilet and then waiting for a jingle.

  16. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

    It needn't be intentional, it could just be a cock-up

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Sounds like it's time to go already

  17. TeeCee Gold badge

    Breaking news.

    Huge dick seen on Mars.

    Richard Branson confirmed to be at home. Scientists now searching for other answers.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Chariots of the Sniggering Gods

    Makes you wonder what organs all those strange "alien drawings" on Earth's landscape actually represent.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon

      Re: Chariots of the Sniggering Gods

      What, like the one of a giant bloke sporting a huge hardon?

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    What's Done is Well Done

    COCK-A-DOODLE-DO would have been more to the point (NPI)

  22. CJatCTi

    Manipulating Arm

    Continuing the school boy theme the article below this story at NASA is about a "Manipulating Arm"

  23. David_H

    Top Gear

    How many times do people need to be told not to let Top Gear drive their cars?

  24. hi_robb


    that settles that then

    When they open the first pub on mars it has to be called 'The Prince Albert'

  25. Green Nigel 42


    I do hope not.

  26. Uncle Siggy

    thin red line

    NASA's cock up. Mars' arse.

  27. ElNumbre
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    No one would have believed that in the early years of the 21st century that martian affairs where being watched from the timeless worlds of space.

    No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of ice.

    Few martians even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet across the gulf of space minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded Mars with envious eyes;

    and slowly and surely they drew their giant penises on our planet.

    1. Ben Holmes

      Re: Huuuuulaaaaa!

      Well, shit. Now anytime I read about a Mars Rover, it'll be in the voice of Inspector Grimm.

    2. Andrew Newstead

      Re: Huuuuulaaaaa!

      The chances of anything coming on Mars...

  28. MicroKnave

    Men are from Mars....

  29. Mostly_Harmless

    I heard a rumour that there's a hidden message behind this, but I think it's a phallusy

  30. Bernard M. Orwell

    When they come here....

    ....they draw pretty, arty crop circles. When we go there we draw....oh...

    ...guess we're the chavs of the inner system.

  31. frankothemountain2

    giany martian peemis

    This is nuts!

  32. Andrew Newstead


    And what does AManFromMars have to say about this?

  33. Zot

    So that solves the mystery of the Nazca Lines...

    They were made by immature aliens making silly shapes driving their Earth rover about!

  34. Daniel B.

    Botany Bay?

    I wouldn't venture there with any rovers!


  35. Craig 28

    Re:Botany Bay

    I can't confirm this but it's more likely to be named after the Botany Bay on Earth, which the SS Botany Bay was itself likely a reference to.

    Here's hoping the next season of Big Bang makes a nod to this.

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    conversation at NASA

    "Who let that Limey idiot Clarkson in control of OUR rover ? "

  37. ShadowDragon8685

    Top Gear?

    I would so very, very much love to believe that NASA foolishly allowed the boys based out of Dunfoldto have a turn at the stick, and they were repaid by having a gigantic gentleman sausage drawn on Mars.

    It probably was just an accident, though... Then again, it was also an accident that time the Top Gear Trio drew a gigantic gentleman sausage on a storm drain in L.A. in tire rubber.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Top Gear? AND Voina - and their 65 meter cock on a russian draw bridge.

      Google. Images:

      Voina cock russian drawbridge


  38. Martin Budden Bronze badge

    It's been done better at Cerne Abbas.

    1. Martin Budden Bronze badge

      Looks good when photographed from space too.

  39. Lallabalalla
    Paris Hilton

    Oh, why stifle the smirk??

    There's nothing like a good knob gag.

    Paris, because. .... well, really.....

  40. Jim McCafferty

    Blatant cymbal crash gag

    BOTANY BAY?!!? Not the Botany Bay!!!

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    No Uranus jokes?

    That is all.

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