NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover began her 23-month expedition on Mars just two months ago and she’s already making history in the social media world. The rover regularly tweets about her progress, posts pictures, and now the rover is close to becoming the first Mayor of Mars. The Rover checked in from Mars for the first time on Foursquare at the Gale Crater.
After checking in on Foursquare the Rover posted “One check-in closer to being Mayor of Mars.” At the helm of these social media updates is a 3-woman team who are sharing details of what the rover is encountering during its journey.
Some of these posts include tips aimed at helping future travelers to the red planet:
“Mars is cold, dry and rocky. Extra moisturizer and sturdy shoes would be a good idea, plus oxygen for those of you who breathe.”
You may be wondering what kind of technology enabled the Rover to check into another planet. After all, the Mars Curiosity Rover can’t access GPS from another planet. NASA worked closely with Foursquare to determine the exact coordinates of the rover then sent them off to the folks over at Foursquare who uploaded the coordinates onto Foursquare’s site.
I got a kick out of the Rover’s profile bio for Foursquare: “Who’s got six wheels, a laser and is now exploring the Red Planet? Me. I’m Curiosity, NASA’s latest Mars rover.”
To follow the Mars Curiosity Rover’s journey on Foursquare, head here: https://foursquare.com/marscuriosity
To follow the rover’s tweets: http://twitter.com/marscuriosity