July 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM ET
Seems the video game "Portal 2" has a few fans at NASA. According to the official Portal blog this Friday an "anonymous tech at NASA" sent them an image of "Portal 2's" infamous and bungling orb shaped A.I. Wheatley that was laser-engraved onto a panel on the Japanese HTV-3 resupply craft. "In spaaaaaace!" is a reference to one of the other identical orbs that went with Wheatley. HTV-3 was launched to the International Space Station on Friday night.
"Portal 2" was made by game developer Valve, which said "we weren't kidding" about the need for anonymity.
"NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft," Valve said.
Those of you who are fans of "Portal 2," I know you get the joke. Let's not ruin it for the rest of the readers, though. The video game "Portal 2" is about a woman named Chell who is trapped in a massive human testing facility known as the "Aperture Science Enrichment Center." There the player must participate in puzzle after puzzle using a portal gun and testing their brain power againt the A.I. GLaDOS.
"Portal 2" received a well-deserved 9/10 from myself, and Wheatley (laser-engraved above, "in spaaaaaaace!") is counted among our top five video game robots of all time. So yeah, we are very happy to see Wheatley take his real place amongst the stars.
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