Even though it’s one of the biggest stories of the year, the Curiosity rover Mars landing has been a bit buried beneath the 2012 Olympics in the news. Don’t get us wrong, we love us some Michael Phelps and especially Gabby Douglas, but the Curiosity rover is big.
Here’s the gist of it: The Curiosity rover is a really expensive robot (and you KNOW how we feel about robots) that NASA made to investigate and photograph Mars for two years. The mission of the Curiosity rover is ultimately to determine whether or not Mars could support life–or if it already has. The Curiosity rover cost billions to make, is roughly the size of a car, and the odds were against the landing going smoothly: About 70 percent of Mars expeditions end badly (or before they even begin), and the actual landing itself has been dubbed “seven minutes of terror” because of it’s strong potential for failure. (Side note: Anyone else think that would be an awesome name for theme park ride?)
Since we’re pretty stoked about the Curiosity rover landing and its exploration, we figured there are other areas we’d love the Curiosity to take a gander at (though in some cases we’d have to get a much smaller version of the rover). Here are the top 10 places we want the Curiosity rover to explore next!
1. The bottom of the ocean.
The depths of the oceans are so deep and dark that to this day, we still don’t know all of what goes on down there. I, for one, am convinced that Ursula really does live down there.
2. Our crush’s brains.
No more wondering, wishing, or waiting. With Curiosity, we’d know right away whether we had a shot–so we could either ask him out or move along to the next cutie (though we may be unsettled by how often he thinks of pizza, porn, and fantasy football).
3. Our exes’ brains.
The Curiosity rover wouldn’t have a lot of room to roam, because anyone who’s dumb enough to dump us obviously doesn’t have much going on up there.
4. Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga’s closets.
Seriously, how does Selena always manage to look so completely flawless from head to toe? From scarves to sweaters to shoes, she’s always so perfectly put together. As for Gaga, the Curiosity rover can take photos of her insane costumes, from her horned masks to her meat dress to her studded leather jackets, the woman is both avant garde and maybe a little insane. Here’s hoping the Curiosity could take us some souvenirs, too.
5. Oil reserves–and spills.
Maybe once we see how little oil we actually have and how much damage it can do to our environment up close and in depth, people would take conservation and alternative energy more seriously!
6. The Hostess factory.
No, seriously–what do they put in Twinkies to make them last forever? We could probably discover the secret to immortality here.
7. Behind the scenes of Pretty Little Liars.
Because the suspense is killing us!
You know the phrase “That’s only the tip of the ice berg”? It’s because glaciers are freakin’ huge, and what we see is truly only the tips of them because they extend so far down into the water. The Curiosity rover may be able to see more of these and blow our minds with just how enormous they are.
9. Third world and wartorn nations.
You can’t fix what you can’t understand, and for a lot of us, we can’t understand what we haven’t seen nor experienced. Perhaps the Curiosity rover giving a closer look at people who are so much less fortunate than we are would encourage more people to help–and to realize how good we have it.
10. One Direction’s tour bus.
From the singalongs to the goofiness to the fact that Harry Styles has a habit of running around naked, we’d kill to be a fly on the wall there–go, Curiosity, go!
Are you interested in the space program? Where would you want the Curiosity rover to explore? Are you excited for the Curiosity rover landing on Mars? Tell us in the comments!