Mars Curiosity Rover Gets First Check-in on Foursquare
Mars Curiosity just checked in to the Gale Crater on Mars. What was your last check in?
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."