Don’t anthropomorphise robots, they don’t like that

The Mars Phoenix lander team (here’s the NASA mission page) announced today that they’ve found water ice on Mars. Some gin, some tonic water, some lime wedges, and Mars would be ready for habitation.

The Phoenix spacecraft itself is pretty happy with the discovery – it has its own Twitter account, and broke the news with this post:

Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!

So, uh… why is a robot saying “w00t”? (Previous w00ting on JRE, when it won Word of the Year from the clowns at Merriam-Webster.)

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