Sunday, January 6, 2013

Foursquare, NASA team up again to deliver Curiosity Explorer Badge to users

NASA and location-based social networking website Foursquare have once again collaborated to provide users with a special, rover-themed badge. The new Curiosity Explorer Badge will be made available for users who like NASA on Foursquare, and check-in at any NASA science museum, visitor center or planetarium.

This is not the first time NASA created a badge for its users. In 2010, when Foursquare and NASA first teamed up, users were provided with the NASA Explorer Badge as a way of honoring the first check-in of astronaut Doug Wheelock from the International Space Station. Wheelock then became the first one ever to check-in from space using Foursquare. The NASA Explorer Badge marked the launch of NASA and Foursquare partnership, together with NASA’s Foursquare page. However, the badge has since expired.

The Curiosity Explorer badge celebrates the check-in of the Curiosity rover from Mars back in October. The new badge exhibits a cartoonish interpretation of the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet, with a number of stars sparkling in the background.

As of the moment, the Curiosity rover is just a couple of months into its planned 23-month mission on Mars. The rover is expected to survey some of the Red Planet’s most riveting locations, including Mount Sharp, which will be Curiosity’s chief focus

With the new Curiosity Explorer badge, users can keep track of the rover as it checks in at specific locations, all while beaming tips and photos back down to Earth. NASA said that the badge will also come with a special 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.”

Since its collaboration with Foursquare, NASA has been giving users the chance to explore the universe. NASA also provides tips and official national space program information to its users on a regular basis.

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