Truth revealed: SPAM disabled the Mars Rover in January

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A torrent of spam has been found responsible for crippling the onboard computer of NASA's Spirit rover in January. Spirit lay crippled on the Martian surface for two weeks after a glitch in its AI programming. Technicians solved the problem by upgrading the artificial intelligence on both Spirit and its twin Opportunity.



A torrent of interplanetary spam has been found responsible for crippling the onboard computer of NASA's Spirit rover in January.

Spirit lay crippled on the Martian surface for two weeks after a glitch in its onboard spam filtering saw countless offers of pornography and cheap drugs choke its flash memory, according to NASA spokeswoman Shirley Knott.

"It would appear Russian spammers obtained Spirit's email address from a leaked internal NASA mailing list," says Knott.