NASA Sends "Wheatley" Into Spaaaace

NASA Sends "Wheatley" Into Spaaaace

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In space, no one can hear your meme.

The Japanese HTV-3 resupply craft is currently on its way towards the International Space Station. Alongside its cargo of food and parts, the craft is carrying an extra passenger: a tiny laser-engraving of one of Portal 2's cores, pictured on the right. The etching is the work of an anonymous NASA tech, one with good taste in games, apparently.

Now there's some to confusion as to when the HTV-3 launched. Many sites are reporting that the cargo rocket is set to launch on July 27th, while others claim it began its merry journey to the ISS last Friday. There's also some confusion as to which core is making the journey into space. The Portal 2 blog labeled it Wheatley, but as many of you are no doubt itching to point out in the comments section, the "in spaaaaaace" quote actually comes from the Space Core. Observant gamers, however, will note that the core depicted on the panel actually has Wheatley's distinctive circular "pupil" rather than the Space Core's hoop-shaped one. That may, in fact, be the nerdiest sentence I have ever typed.

Either way, one core is making the trip into space, though Valve is quick to point out that it's strictly an unofficial member of the mission.

"NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft," reads the blog. "Believe it or not, they don't even officially endorse Portal 2, despite the fact that it's a really excellent game."

Source: Portal 2 Blog

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So Wheatley may or may not be in Space. I don't know whether this is good news or not.

This... this is perhaps one of the greatest things I have ever seen.

saintdane05:
This... this is perhaps one of the greatest things I have ever seen.

...I wonder if the space core likes lemons?

no-one's pointed out how awesome the subtitle is?

really nice to see nasa can have some fun with it, funny quote.

If you can't at least have a bit of fun with it, then what's the point?

Grey Carter:
"Believe it or not, they don't even officially endorse Portal 2, despite the fact that it's a really excellent game."

Then what do they endorse? I blame the violence rebublicans in society of this idea that Portal two is not worth endorsing

That's pretty neat but it should definitely be the space core who goes to space because it's the space core and it wants to go to space, simple reason isn't it?

I love Valve's comment on the craft's name

we here at Valve are mostly just impressed with NASA's bold, unprecedented resupply craft numbering scheme.

As cool as a Portal 2 core of any variety is, there's something else that goes a bit better with the tag "in spaaaaaaaaace!"

Grey Carter:
In space, no one can hear your meme.

First the cat DLC post, now this. You're killing me with these puns, Grey.

Beryl77:

we here at Valve are mostly just impressed with NASA's bold, unprecedented resupply craft numbering scheme.

Hah! I love it when a company can poke fun at itself like that.

Wait, come to think of it, have they made anything numbered 3? Erm. ...maybe the next Portal will have a subtitle instead.

Grey Carter:
Observant gamers, however, will note that the core depicted on the panel actually has Wheatley's distinctive circular "pupil" rather than the Space Core's hoop-shaped one. That may, in fact, be the nerdiest sentence I have ever typed.

Every single person who has read this is now nerdier because of you.

Grey Carter:

"NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft," reads the blog. "Believe it or not, they don't even officially endorse Portal 2, despite the fact that it's a really excellent game."

Oh god that's brilliant. Whoever's handling the blogs is a genius.

lol

that's awesome X3

Grey Carter:

"NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft," reads the blog. "Believe it or not, they don't even officially endorse Portal 2, despite the fact that it's a really excellent game."

:/ lame ... though, not like the game needs NASA's endorsement to move units. I'm pretty sure just "Portal 2" is enough to do that X3

saintdane05:
This... this is perhaps one of the greatest things I have ever seen.

That gets really sad towards the end. But I get why NASA does not officially endorse Portal 2; after all, when it comes out that they have been grinding up moon rocks and eating them, they don't want to share the credit if something awesome happens.

They're just jealous Wheatley got to the moon faster than they did.

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"NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft," reads the blog. "Believe it or not, they don't even officially endorse Portal 2, despite the fact that it's a really excellent game."

Why not? What's NASA got against a video game and a good gag?

In next week's news:

"Space Station Crashes - Engineers blame structual weaknes in etched panel - Hundreds crushed by space debris!"

Now all we need to do is paint a blue oval near one of our moonbases, and this will officially rank somewhere among the ten most awesome things that have ever happened.

If it was Mario you know they'd find a way to a cease and desist to the space station. ...In all seriousness, very fun to see such a thing.

Finally.

Now we can be a family again.

Nice to see someone with a sense of humour.

Gotta admit if I worked at NASA this would be something I would have to do on principle.

Kudos to whatever anonymous game-fan at their work put this on.

This... is probably the mostwesomely nerdy thing I've ever seen!

Exterminas:
In next week's news:

"Space Station Crashes - Engineers blame structual weaknes in etched panel - Hundreds crushed by space debris!"

Wonder if that would cost him more, than guy from Microsoft, responsible for "0xB16B00B5"?

That's pretty awesome, nice to see humour is serious space stuff.

Daystar Clarion:
Finally.

Now we can be a family again.

Nice to see someone with a sense of humour.

Daystar, are you space?

Grey Carter:

That may, in fact, be the nerdiest sentence I have ever typed.

I somehow doubt that.

Whoever did this is one of the most aweome people to walk this Earth. I just hope this little stunt doesn´t cost him/her their job.

If NASA did actually endorse Portal 2, I'd lose it. Seriously. Because the only thing that would need to happen then would be someone buying up a huge salt mine and name it after a technical part of a camera, and my world would be complete.

AH! But the print is on YELLOW plastic! The Space Core's color scheme is yellow, while Wheatley's is blue.
ooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH!

This makes my day, every day... Wait NASA doesn't endorse portal?

 

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