ON Sunday, JPL began receiving strange intermittant signals from its latest Mars lander, and by early Monday morning the data gathered had caused a world- wide sensation.
The latest photos from Mars showed field after field of rolling grass- and not just any kind of grass. "Analysts have positively identified strains of Mari- juana on the surface of the planet that may adversely affect the future of Mars missions", according to research coordinator C. MeSpeak.
"We've known about these images for awhile, although it's taken InSight a surprisingly long amount of time to process its data". According to telemetry accumulated by the lander, a noticeable delay between acquisition and trans- mission times indicated "a situation that gradually corrected itself as the lander's transmitted images grew less fuzzy", said MeSpeak.
One angry manager at JPL had this to say;
"Ever since it found this strange green substance on Mars, we seem to have a harder time talking to it. If it does not come out of it and start sending real data again, we may have to take away its ability to light and/or diagnose Marijuana plants as of next Tuesday", the JPL rep said.