Mars 2053: Our Truths are Temporary Astrobiology Magazine

After 18 martian days of a near-perfect mission, a Spirit rover message came to Earth with corrupted data. When decoded, this tiny clue showed that the mobile laboratory’s software considered that it was the year 2053. Based on a hunch from the software architect, the problem may be a byproduct of the mission’s early success. The rover captured so much data and may have stored too many files to manage.