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

Phobos 2 Orbiter (1988)

Successfully orbited Mars for two months, then malfunctioned before landers were deployed.

Mars Global Surveyor (1996)

First sucessful orbiter in 16 years. Mars Global Surveyor provided high-resolution images from orbit and was the longest-lived spacecraft in Martian orbit in 2005, when contact was lost.

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.

What Is The Best Rankin-Bass Christmas Special?

Which is the better Rankin-Bass Christmas special?

Battle: : BassRankin

And if you get bored with this, try:

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

The Living Daylights

Bond interferes with a plan to embezzle Soviet funds to purchase drugs

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Diamonds Are Forever

Bond breaks up a diamond smuggling ring and stops the illicit auction of a satellite that can destroy nukes

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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.

We must figure out the sexiest James Bond

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, Bond’s best act of spycraft, and of course the best BondChest.