Mars Madness

Mars is fascinating, so fascinating that FiveThirtyEight is spending a whole month just writing about it. Given that it’s March Madness — and given humanity’s longstanding tradition of hurling robots and cameras at Mars with varying degrees of success, you know, like a free throw — we wanted to figure out the winner of the ultimate Martian bracket.

Seeds and such come later, but for now, merely select the cooler Mars mission or landmark:

Which is the cooler mission or landmark?

Battle: : Mars

Mars Express Orbiter (2003)

Currently in orbit returning 3D color images. Mars Express found methane and evidence for recent volcanism, and is still functioning well.

Recurring Slope Lineae

A boring name for interesting evidence that water flows intermittently on modern-day Mars, not just in eons past.