Following the broadcasting will.i.am on the surface of Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars has accomplished yet another feat by becoming the first to check in from another planet with the help of Foursquare.
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare. Users on Foursquare can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips while exploring the Red Planet.
"NASA is using Foursquare as a tool to share the rover's new locations while exploring Mars," said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This will help to involve the public with the mission and give them a sense of the rover's travels through Gale Crater."
Here’s what Foursquare said on Wednesday:
“Today, NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover checked in for the first time on Mars, marking the first Foursquare check-in ever on another planet (and the second check-in in space!). Carl Sagan would be proud.
Most excitedly, throughout its 23-month exploration of Mars (which began last month), the Mars Rover will continue to check in and share updates on Foursquare.”
After landing in Gale Crater last month, Curiosity began a planned 23-month mission that includes some of Mars' most intriguing scientific destinations. Curiosity is roving toward Mount Sharp, a mountain about 3 miles (5 kilometers) tall.
According to NASA, the rover is conducting experiments along the way, seeking clues in the rocks and soil that would indicate whether Mars ever was capable of supporting microbial life. It is taking and sharing pictures of the trip.
Back here on Earth, Foursquare users will be able to earn a Curiosity-themed badge on the social media platform late this year for check-ins at locations that generate an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Here are some humorous tips by Mars Curiosity post on Foursquare:
“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.”
As mentioned in the Foursquare post, it’s not the first time a check-in has been made from outside Earth. NASA has been on Foursquare since 2010 through a strategic partnership with the platform. This partnership was launched with astronaut Doug Wheelock's first-ever check-in from the International Space Station.
The partnership launched the NASA Explorer badge for Foursquare users, encouraging them to explore NASA-related locations across the country. It also included the launch of a NASA Foursquare page, where the agency provides official tips and information about the nation's space program.
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