It was a public relations disaster of intergalactic proportions as NASA had to use a huge chunk of its budget to clean up after the party and restore the scientific equipment on the rover back to normal status.
Rumors of a party had been swirling for a week. Now NASA has confirmed that the unauthorized party DID take place ten days ago when hundreds of martians and their guests took over the rover Curiosity to dance, eat, and drink the night away.
One of the attendees, Mary Martian (she's a native on NASA's payroll), in a phone interview with spoof reporter Gail Farrelly, shared some of the details of the holiday blast. She said that her fellow martians were completely unrepentant, arguing as follows: "Uninvited, the rover Curiosity parked itself on our land and proceeded to set up shop. Why shouldn't we have the right to use it for one night? We used none of its supplies. We brought our own booze and refreshments. What's the big deal?"
The big deal, though, according to Ms. Martian, was that rover Curiosity was left in a total mess. Guest of honor Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer pooped all over the place. Another guest, Frosty the Snowman, puffed on his corncob pipe all evening, causing lots of problems in the "No Smoking" corridors of Curiosity. In addition, Frosty -- he just couldn't stop with the thumpetty thump thumps -- damaged the rover's floor in several places.
And then, as Ms. Martian reported, there was that huge Christmas goose brought to the party by Ebenezer Scrooge. "It was delicious," she said, although "kinda greasy." As a result, the tables and desks of the rover Curiosity were left slippery and stained.
NASA is now hard at work setting things right. The agency is paying a fortune to heavenly homemaker Martha Stewart (they launched her into space, pronto!), who has agreed to handle the cleanup and supervise the scientific repair work on Curiosity.
"Oy," Martha reportedly said, when she viewed the chaotic state of Curiosity. Then she took her cleaning supplies in hand, and cheerfully announced, "First things first. This place needs a good scrub."