The Mars rover from NASA known as Curiosity is now the Mayor of Mars after checking in using Foursquare. This is the first check-in that has been outside of the Earth, and Curiosity will probably be holding onto his Mayorship for quite some time seeing as how Curiosity is the only man-made object surveying the landscape of Mars at the moment.
David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters, said, “NASA is using Foursquare as a tool to share the rover’s new locations while exploring Mars. This will help to involve the public with the mission and give them a sense of the rover’s travels through Gale Crater.”
Curiosity will continue to check in at different locations throughout its Gale Crater landing site, while sending back photos as well as tips as it plods along the surface of Mars.
Foursquare users can pick up a Curiosity-themed badge through checking in at museums, laboratories and other locations which generate an interest in science, engineering and technology, but that badge will only be released later this year at an undisclosed date.
So now I just wonder when someone will become the Mayor of the Moon? That probably won’t be too long from now.