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

Viking 1 Lander (1975)

Completed the first successful landing on Mars on July 20, 1976. Took many photos, along with extensive weather readings and soil samples. Survived until 1982.

Mariner 3 (1964)

Did not make it to Mars. Now in solar orbit.