While the billions of people here on earth try to carve up some space to live and being the “king/queen of his/her own castle”, the Mars rover from NASA known as Curiosity is living it out on the Red Planet that is thousands and thousands of miles away from us. As far as we know, it is the only man-made object surveying the landscape of Mars at the moment, taking photos and collecting rock samples, but there is one more thing on its “to do” list – to be Mayor of Mars after checking in using Foursquare. This is the first “outside of earth” check-in, and we do not think that anyone else is going to dispute Curiosity’s position anytime soon.
Curiosity will continue to check in at different locations throughout its Gale Crater landing site, while sending back photos as well as tips as it plods along the surface of Mars. David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters, said, “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.”
Foursquare users can pick up a Curiosity-themed badge through checking in at museums, laboratories and other locations which generate an interest in science, engineering and technology, but that badge will only be released later this year at an undisclosed date.