Mars Curiosity Rover Gets First Check-in on Foursquare

If you're addicted to social media, you're likely a Foursquare user. The service allows users to 'check in' at locations around their city, including restaurants, parks, dentists' offices, and more. Some folks like to check in at more unique spots, like the bus they take home from work, or their local subway station, but everyone is gunning for the same thing: to be the 'Mayor' of as many locations as possible. However, it seems the Mars Rover might have everyone beat with just a single check in.

The Huffington Post reports that the Mars Curiosity Rover has just snagged the first check-in on another planet. Not only that, but it's one step closer to becoming the Mayor of Mars. Of course, you probably don't need us to tell you that there isn't any WiFi or 3G/LTE signal on Mars, so the rover did have some help with this check in. HuffPo writes that NASA's social media team took the true latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of the rover in Mars' Gale Crater, 182 million miles away from Earth, and performed the check-in on Curiosity's behalf.

Veronica McGregor, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told HuffPo that they'll continue to update as the rover moves around. Indeed, Curiosity has already posted two tips about Mars to its Foursquare page. "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," the rover wrote earlier this week. His first update offered advice for those considering a trip to Mars in the near future: "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 can follow Mars Curiosity on Foursquare and on Twitter.

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  • frombehind
    No 3G or wifi... Cold, dry, and rocky...

    Sounds a lot like the mountains of Afghanistan =[

    3 more months till I get to return to civilization!
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  • santfu
    eternalkpinstead wasting $$ on these outer space exploration. let's try to end the human suffering first


    While I can't fault the sentiment, I think that it's large-scale global projects like space exploration that will be the path to end human suffering.
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  • frombehind
    No 3G or wifi... Cold, dry, and rocky...

    Sounds a lot like the mountains of Afghanistan =[

    3 more months till I get to return to civilization!
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  • eternalkp
    instead wasting $$ on these outer space exploration. let's try to end the human suffering first
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  • rocknrollz
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    instead wasting $$ on these outer space exploration. let's try to end the human suffering first


    Space exploration is crucial to human existence. We really need to discover a planet that is able to inhabit human life, without another planet to fallback on we will certainly follow through to extinction. Earth has limited resources, and by 2050 it will all be used up. We need another source, and space is the obvious choice.
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