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

Mariner 9 (1971)

First spacecraft to orbit another planet. During almost a year it orbit, Mariner 9 took 7,329 images of Mars, including close-up views of its moons.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2005)

In orbit since 2006, the orbirter uses the most powerful camera and spectrometer ever sent to Mars to monitor Martian weather and find potential landing spots for other spacecraft.

What’s the best event at the Summer Olympics?

Photos are for illustrative purposes only and don’t always reflect the specific event. Click as long as you feel like doing so.

Which is the better sport?

Battle: : 2016olympics

Also, my fellow Americans, an “M” means “meter,” which is like a mediocre yard, and “km” means kilometer, which is about three fifths of a mile.

Which Bond Had The Best Bond Chest?

Besides the gadgets and the guns and the baddies, the most consistent element of the James Bond canon is James Bond has a chest and damn right he wants you to check it out, ma’am.

Somewhere out there is the platonic ideal of James Bond, and that platonic ideal has a chest. Which of these Bonds came the closest to representing the ideal Bond chest?

Which is the better Bond Chest?

Battle: : Bond Chests

Do this as long as you like, but if you get bored please do help us figure out the best Bond gadget, the best Bond villain, the best Bond villain henchman, the best MI-6 employee, the sexiest Bond, and Bond’s best act of spycraft.

What is James Bond’s best achievement as a spy?

James Bond has pulled off a lot of wins for MI-6. Here, we want to figure out his greatest achievements on the job: please select the achievement that required the greater spycraft, skill, and resourcefulness to achieve.

Which is better spycraft?

Battle: : Plots

Skyfall

Bond kills a former MI-6 agent bent on destroying the organization

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Tomorrow Never Dies

Bond prevents a war between Britain and China and prevents a cruise missile from being fired at Beijing

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Do this as long as you like, but if you get bored please do help us figure out the best Bond gadget, the best Bond villain, the best Bond villain henchman, the best MI-6 employee, the sexiest Bond, and of course the best BondChest.