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NASA unveils Curiosity-themed Foursquare badge


Users can pick up the Curiosity Explorer Foursquare badge by visiting science museums and planetariums
Users can pick up the Curiosity Explorer Foursquare badge by visiting science museums and planetariums

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

December 29, 2012 — NASA and Foursquare have joined forces to drum up public interest in the Curiosity Explorer.

NASA is using Foursquare to promote its space missions
NASA is using Foursquare to promote its space missions

In October, NASA's Curiosity rover used Foursquare to "check in" on Mars.

It's all part of the space agency's plan to engage the public through social media.

Foursquare - a GPS-based application with 25 million users - burst onto the scene in 2008.

It allows users to "check in" to various locations and relay that information, along with photos and reviews, to Facebook and Twitter.

Check ins help users pick up themed "badges" that are displayed on public profiles.

Since landing on Mars, Curiosity has been using Foursquare to snap photos and post comments about various locations on the Red Planet.

The new, rover-themed badge was unveiled on Thursday -- making it the second Foursquare badge the organization has created.

The first, a NASA badge features a spaceship, can be earned by checking into locations that relate to science, technology, engineering and math.

Users can pick up the Curiosity Explorer badge by visiting science museums and planetariums.


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