Keep Up With the Curiosity Rover

Ten days ago, NASA landed a rover on Mars. I was one of the many watching the event streaming live online. What a rush!


The live stream was a great way for NASA to connect with people on a more personal level. I breathed a sigh of relief as each step was successful and celebrated once the landing was confirmed. Now that that's all over, however, how do we keep up with Curiosity and its team? NASA's doing a wonderful job with social media, offering quite a few ways to follow them and their discoveries. Here are just a few.

  1. Twitter. Starting with one of my favorites, NASA is updating a Twitter account as if the Curiosity Rover itself is sending the tweets. When Curiosity landed, it tweeted, “I'm safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!”
  2. Facebook. The team shares updates through a Facebook page, such as the first color photo of Curiosity from orbit. They also share posts from others related to them, including photos and music videos.
  3. YouTube. Their YouTube channel allows you to relive all of the celebration when the Rover landed. It also contains many high quality videos about Curiosity and its mission.
  4. Podcasts. There's even a podcast! They update it fairly frequently with updates regarding Curiosity, and other NASA related projects.
  5. Google+. NASA gained a huge following on Google+ by sharing tons of beautiful photos from space.
  6. Reddit. The Curiosity team is on Reddit RIGHT NOW answering people's questions regarding the landing, etc. If you have an account, I recommend logging in and asking them anything you might be curious about.

It's amazing that NASA is able to find the time to keep up with all of these outlets, but I believe they find it to be well worth it. They're successfully bringing about a rebirth in interest of our space exploration program.