10 Best Tweets By the NASA Curiosity Rover

In brief then, the Rover’s mission is to determine whether or not Mars can support even the basic life forms like microbes. But it doesn’t hurt that he has a cheeky sense of humor too.

Curiosity Rover first began tweeting in November 2008, and I think most people would agree that post-Wall-e #nameyourfavorityrobotpersonality, the personification of a robot is a good idea. But I consider myself a Twitter connoisseur and I was not going to be won over lightly. I expect an incredible level of wit and ingenuity of the tweeter to beat, for instance, “that snake” (@BronxZoosCobra), who it turns out didn’t go anywhere.

In researching the 1,787 tweets from the Mars explorer, I checked in on her and was reminded of how much fun one can have in 140 characters (or less).

For instance: “Donald Trump is thinking about running for president?! Don't worry, I'll handle this. Where is Trump Tower exactly?"

Ho ho ho… the memories.

Anyway, with well over 2 million followers, @MarsCuriosity must be offering the tweetees some enjoyment. I was intrigued. To hold someone’s attention for minutes in this age is something, but for over four years is telling. And so I would become accustomed to Curiosity and select my top 10 tweets for their humor and of course their educational value, which is probably the point.

Number 1:


Fun use of hash tag here

Number 2:


I enjoy the injection of information under the guise of everyday human stuff. It’s a robot about 225 million km (average value) away from earth chatting about speeding tickets? Chuckles.

Number 3:


Well I guess my obsession with the @BronxZoosCobra inspired this choice?

Number 4:


Shout out to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is always a tick in my box.

Number 5:


Four whole minutes until this roving robot lands on Mars #mindboggling.

Number 6:


I see Kung Fu. I think panda. I <3 pandas.

Number 7:


Earth-shatteringly terrible music video by Britney Spears amuses me #irrelevantreferencetotitanicnecklaceinspace.

Number 8:


Social media reference to social media #lifeasweknowit.

Number 9:


As a chemist in a previous life and an urban explorer in my present one, maybe the next step is to run something like a planet? #inspiredbyAI.

Number 10:


Probably a mood killer but @MarsCuriosity is definitely utilizing this medium to educate the masses about its ongoing science experiment on the Red Planet. And now that I am following his progress, I am excited to revive my childhood dream of astronautics. Keep up the good work Rover and those “eyes” peeled for Martian life. 

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Beth Ashbridge

PhD in Chemical Biology. Currently Research Fellow in Cancer Biology (www.bettybooashbridge.wordpress.com)

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