Wheatley, the adorably dumb and delightfully devious space core in Portal 2
, is making a real-life trip to space. Kind of.
An anonymous tech at NASA got away with laser-engraving the above image of Wheatley with the quote "In spaaaaaaace!" on the Japanese HTV-3 resupply craft to the ISS. Wheatley and the craft are set to launch on Friday, July 27, at 10:06 EST. You can watch the launch beginning at 9:15 EST on Friday at the NASA TV website
"NASA in no way officially endorses secretly laser-engraving characters from Portal onto their spacecraft," the Portal 2 blog
writes. "Believe it or not, they don't even officially endorse Portal 2
, despite the fact that it's a really excellent game." But someone (or some robot) at NASA obviously respects quality entertainment.Update:
As many readers have pointed out, the image is likely not referring to Wheatley as the official Portal 2
blog states, but probably referring to Portal 2
's "space core
" instead. Or it could be the space core's text below an intended image of Wheatley. Only the stars will know now.