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 3 Orbiter (1971)

Completed 20 13-day orbits and with Mars 2 returned 60 images.

Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory (2011)

Landed August 2012. The rover has detected organic matter and is exploring Mars’s habitability to this day.