Back in 2010 NASA and foursquare made history when astronaut Doug Wheelock produced the first ever check-in from space while stationed at the International Space Station. Now NASA is taking things a step further as the Curiosity Mars rover has become the first to check-in on another planet!
Obviously, foursquare users here on Earth probably won't be visiting other planets any time soon, but NASA and foursquare have a solution. Later this year a new Curiosity-themed badge will be introduced that can be earned by visiting locations relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It's designed to encourage people to visit science centers, secret laboratories and museums, something all of us should probably do more often.
"NASA is using foursquare as a tool to share the rover's new locations while exploring Mars," said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This will help to involve the public with the mission and give them a sense of the rover's travels through Gale Crater."
I've always been fascinated by NASA and the universe beyond our home planet, so this is right up my alley. Now all I have to do is figure which STEM related location I'm going to visit first in order to earn that awesome Curiosity badge... If you have a suggestion for us leave it in the comments section below!
[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]