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

Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rover (2003)

Landed in January 2004 and remains in operation to this day. The rover has traveled 26 miles and remained in operation 50 times longer than it was planned to last.

Mars 4 (1973)

Failed to enter Martian orbit, took one set of images as it flew by.