Space Exploration Meets Social Media Check-ins

NASA Curiosity Explorer Badge

Checking in from the surface of Mars or the moon seems inevitable to space travel enthusiasts, science fiction fans, and the typical rocket scientist, but well ahead of using social media check-in service, Foursquare, from the lunar surface, NASA and Foursquare are working together to “help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Foursquare users will earn the aforementioned Curiosity Explorer badge when they follow NASA on the Foursquare platform or when they check-in on a mobile phone at a NASA facility or visitor’s center, including planetariums and museums.

When a Foursquare user does earn the badge, the social media service will send them 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.”

According to the NASA site, the agency “has been on Foursquare since 2010 through a strategic partnership with the platform. This partnership, launched with astronaut Doug Wheelock’s first-ever check-in from the International Space Station, has allowed users to connect with NASA, and enabled them to explore the universe and rediscover Earth.

“The partnership launched the now-expired NASA Explorer badge for Foursquare users, which encouraged them to explore NASA-related locations across the country. It also included the launch of a NASA Foursquare page, where the agency continues to provide official tips and information about the nation’s space program.