There’s no denying the folks at NASA know how to have a good time. Back in August of 2011 the NASA team sent three specially made LEGO minifigures out into space aboard the Juno spacecraft, headed to Jupiter. Now, it appears an anonymous NASA tech found a way to get Portal 2’s space core aboard the International Space Station.
That’s right, everyone’s favorite personality core is actually headed to space. As you can see in the photo above the character was laser-engraved on panel accompanied by the words “In spaaaaaaace!” and recently took flight aboard the Japanese HTV-3 resupply craft headed to the ISS. While NASA doesn’t officially endorse the action, Valve seemed awfully pleased by it…
Though mankind will surely regret giving Wheatley a celestial perch to plot his next move, we here at Valve are mostly just impressed with NASA’s bold, unprecedented resupply craft numbering scheme. And please note that when we mentioned an “anonymous tech at NASA” we weren’t kidding: NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft. Believe it or not, they don’t even officially endorse Portal 2, despite the fact that it’s a really excellent game.
While Valve noted on the Portal 2 blog that the engraving is indeed Wheatley, the quote is obviously from the Portal 2’s space core, which is a bit confusing. Either way, one personality core will have a new home in space very soon. What other video-game characters do you think deserve a home among the stars?