Since landing on the red planet in August, the Mars Science Laboratory has captivated millions. You could say that Curiosity has been elevated to celebrity status — it is, after all, armed with a laser and a suite of sophisticated instruments. If you were looking for a smart robotic action hero to boost science awareness, the one-ton rover certainly fits the bill.
So, for those (like me) who follow Curiosity’s every roll, laser zap or dug trench, you can get a little closer to the mission if you use the location-based social media platform Foursquare. If you follow NASA on Foursquare and then “check in” at a NASA center or any other location characterized as a science museum or planetarium, you can unlock a funky Curiosity Explorer badge to your Foursquare profile to show off to your friends (shown here).
When you unlock the Curiosity Explorer badge, you’ll get the message: “Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You’ve explored your scientific curiosities just like NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Stay curious and keep exploring. You never know what you’ll find.”
This NASA-Foursquare partnership follows hot on the heels of Curiosity’s check in on Mars, the first ever check-in on another world.
So don’t hang around, get your science curiosity on and “check in” with the social media-savvy Curiosity! via Physorg.com