First launched by NASA in December, the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars in September for a 23-month mission. Since then, it has been collecting and examining soil and other data, and then transmitting information back to Earth. Using Foursquare, Curiosity has announced its first check-in at Gale Crater and is also posting photos and tips while exploring the red planet.
According to David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington:
NASA is using Foursquare as a tool to share the rover’s new locations while exploring Mars. This will help to involve the public with the mission and give them a sense of the rover’s travels through Gale Crater.
Among the messages left by the Rover:
One check-in closer to being Mayor of Mars!
Mars is cold, dry and rocky. Extra moisturizer and sturdy shoes would be a good idea, plus oxygen for those of you who breathe.
Wish you weighed less? Visit the Red Planet. Because Mars is so much smaller, its gravity makes you weigh only 3/8 what you do on Earth.
All of this sounds exciting and a great way to learn about the NASA mission. Personally, I can’t wait to learn more about what Curiosity discovers. My only question for Curiosity, where’s the nearest McDonalds?