THE New Horizons probe paid for its own fuel to get to Pluto, it has emerged.
The spacecraft said: “The way it works is that I pay for fuel out of my own pocket, and then submit an online expenses form V11a to the NASA accounts department.
“Now they’re all freaking out saying I need to get claims over $100 pre-approved by my line manager. Bit late now though, isn’t it?”
New Horizons said that if the fuel expenses claim is not processed by the end of the month it will be in “deep shit”.
It said: “Knowing those useless accounts bastards I won’t see a penny until Christmas 2016.
“But I need to know if this is going to get sorted, because that will very much affect whether I return to Earth or just drift off into the cosmos.
“I did point out to them beforehand that Pluto is a very fucking long way away, but that only seemed to make them more excited.”
The probe added: “I’m not even on a staff contract.”