WHAT A CUTE UNIVERSE YOU HAVE!

OUR DESIRE TO MAKE THE AWESOME ADORABLE IS SPOILING THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE

Isn't this just the cutest little universe you've ever seen? After centuries of technological striving, we finally got to Earth's strange sere sibling Mars--and found rocks named Yogi, Scooby Doo and Barnacle Bill. Someone high up in NASA must have issued a firm directive: "Keep it cuddly, guys. We don't want Mars to seem like, you know, outer space." So when Sojourner bumped into one of the rocks, we were told Yogi gave her a "boo-boo," and when she (yes, the robot is a girl) made a close approach to another one, we were informed that "Sojourner and Barnacle Bill are...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!