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Mars Curiosity Rover Gets First Check-in on Foursquare

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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."

You can follow Mars Curiosity on Foursquare and on Twitter.

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    frombehind , October 6, 2012 4:27 PM
    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 , October 6, 2012 5:08 PM
    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 , October 6, 2012 4:27 PM
    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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    rocknrollz , October 6, 2012 4:45 PM
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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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    rocknrollz , October 6, 2012 4:46 PM
    Let me correct my self, not all will be used by 2050, but our reserves will start seeing a decline, and we will HAVE to start finding other ways without the resources.
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    santfu , October 6, 2012 5:08 PM
    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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    gerchokas , October 6, 2012 5:16 PM
    santfuWhile 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.


    Exactly. Exploring other planets is one of the greatest achievements of mankind, not only scientifically but also philosophically: It ties us together and helps us realize how close we actually are and how we depend on this planet and each other.
    Not to mention that space exploration has provided us with enormous mathematics and physics breakthroughs that have important practical applications - just google 'optics'
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    thecolorblue , October 6, 2012 8:57 PM
    eternalkpinstead wasting $$ on these outer space exploration. let's try to end the human suffering first

    if you think that the paltry sums of money that a spent on this mission and others like it are the place to look for budgetary changes for the betterment of mankind than you are painfully misguided.

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    back_by_demand , October 6, 2012 9:06 PM
    frombehindNo 3G or wifi... Cold, dry, and rocky...Sounds a lot like the mountains of Colorado =[3 more months till I get to return to civilization!

    Fixed!
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    back_by_demand , October 6, 2012 9:08 PM
    gerchokasExactly. Exploring other planets is one of the greatest achievements of mankind, not only scientifically but also philosophically: It ties us together and helps us realize how close we actually are and how we depend on this planet and each other.Not to mention that space exploration has provided us with enormous mathematics and physics breakthroughs that have important practical applications - just google 'optics'

    Also increases our chance of survival in the event of a catastrophic incident, such as large meteorites, nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, etc, not limiting ourselves to a single planet will definately help. The only real bummer is playing online games with people on Mars, the lag would be terrible.
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    back_by_demand , October 6, 2012 9:15 PM
    RockNRollzLet me correct my self, not all will be used by 2050, but our reserves will start seeing a decline, and we will HAVE to start finding other ways without the resources.

    The Earth already has enough resources to provide power for everyone in an energy-rich society for the next million years and more, using dead dinosaurs and uranium is possibly the dumbest and most inefficient and expensive way to do it - try reading up Oak Ridge from the 1950's and Thorium reactors, Kirk Sorenson has done some excellent follow up work in the last couple of years that nobody in the USA is listening to and the Chinese are pouring billions into it - get with Thorium or become an energy equivalent of a third-world nation in the next 30 years.
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    jkflipflop98 , October 6, 2012 11:39 PM
    GO NASA! The men and women of the organization are proof that you can truly do anything if you just put your mind to it and don't accept "that's impossible" for an answer.
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    otacon72 , October 7, 2012 1:59 AM
    eternalkpinstead wasting $$ on these outer space exploration. let's try to end the human suffering first


    Went right to the top of the dumbest comment of the year award list. Why do you think JFK made that speech about going to the moon? It had nothing to do about money it had everything to do about national pride and inspiring a younger generation which it did. You're a very small minded individual.
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    stonedatheist , October 7, 2012 2:23 AM
    back_by_demandAlso increases our chance of survival in the event of a catastrophic incident, such as large meteorites, nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, etc, not limiting ourselves to a single planet will definately help. The only real bummer is playing online games with people on Mars, the lag would be terrible.


    Sorry to burst your bubble but people on Earth and people on Mars would not be able to play online games together. The very best case scenario is Mars is at its Perihelion at the same time the Earth is at its Aphelion and the Earth eclipses Mars. The Perihelion of Mars is 1.381497 AU and the Aphelion of Earth is 1.01671388 AU. The difference is 0.36478312 AU which multiplied by 92,955,807 miles in an AU gives us 33,908,709 miles. Divide that by 186,282 miles per second means light would take about 182 seconds to travel that distance. That amount of lag is unplayable. period. It's a nice thought though.

    The perigee of the Moon is a much more reasonable 225,291 miles which would still take light 1.209 seconds to travel which is still terrible lag. And that's still just a one way trip. I guess we'll just have to stick with playing online games with people from Earth only.
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    southernshark , October 7, 2012 4:57 AM
    It won't be long until NASA sends a robotic female teacher to Mars.
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    f4phantom2500 , October 7, 2012 10:24 AM
    stonedatheistSorry to burst your bubble but people on Earth and people on Mars would not be able to play online games together. The very best case scenario is Mars is at its Perihelion at the same time the Earth is at its Aphelion and the Earth eclipses Mars. The Perihelion of Mars is 1.381497 AU and the Aphelion of Earth is 1.01671388 AU. The difference is 0.36478312 AU which multiplied by 92,955,807 miles in an AU gives us 33,908,709 miles. Divide that by 186,282 miles per second means light would take about 182 seconds to travel that distance. That amount of lag is unplayable. period. It's a nice thought though.The perigee of the Moon is a much more reasonable 225,291 miles which would still take light 1.209 seconds to travel which is still terrible lag. And that's still just a one way trip. I guess we'll just have to stick with playing online games with people from Earth only.


    You could still play turn based strategy games.
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    stonedatheist , October 7, 2012 4:16 PM
    f4phantom2500You could still play turn based strategy games.

    Good point. I rarely play them so I forgot about them. Still though, waiting at least 6 minutes for each turn would mean it would take forever to play a game. Even a game of chess would likely span a few days
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    dissbelief , October 8, 2012 1:03 AM
    stonedatheistSorry to burst your bubble but people on Earth and people on Mars would not be able to play online games together. The very best case scenario is Mars is at its Perihelion at the same time the Earth is at its Aphelion and the Earth eclipses Mars. The Perihelion of Mars is 1.381497 AU and the Aphelion of Earth is 1.01671388 AU. The difference is 0.36478312 AU which multiplied by 92,955,807 miles in an AU gives us 33,908,709 miles. Divide that by 186,282 miles per second means light would take about 182 seconds to travel that distance. That amount of lag is unplayable. period. It's a nice thought though.The perigee of the Moon is a much more reasonable 225,291 miles which would still take light 1.209 seconds to travel which is still terrible lag. And that's still just a one way trip. I guess we'll just have to stick with playing online games with people from Earth only.

    Amen
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    nebun , October 8, 2012 2:35 AM
    no one ever landed on Mars....this is a black and white picture from somewhere in the Nevada desert....this is another one of those US hoaxes
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    stephenkendrick , October 8, 2012 12:50 PM
    nebunno one ever landed on Mars....this is a black and white picture from somewhere in the Nevada desert....this is another one of those US hoaxes


    Wow! Number 1 AND number 2 dumbest comments in just one article. Well done both.
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    nebun , October 9, 2012 2:37 AM
    stephenkendrickWow! Number 1 AND number 2 dumbest comments in just one article. Well done both.

    really now....GOD, please forgive the gullible ones
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