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 1 (1962)

Traveled 66 million miles toward Mars before the radio failed

Mars 6 Lander (1973)

Transmitted 224 seconds of mostly garbled data as it hurtled through the atmosphere before transmission abruptly stopped.