NASA and Twitter had a friendly exchange at night, with the two agreeing on a "date" in July to track the launch of NASA's Mars rover Perseverance, which is looking for signs of old life and rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth collects.
It all started with Twitter contacting the US space agency. "U up?" Asked Twitter and tagged NASA.
The social media platform received a response within a minute. "Hey, Twitter! What's up?" NASA replied.
Twitter as Erdling replied: "Tweet from Earth. What's wrong with you?"
Here's how the rest of the conversation went:
NASA: Fine, we love Earth. look at it
Twitter: What is the WiFi like up there and what is your favorite snack in space?
NASA: WiFi is pretty decent! Some of our @NASA_Astronauts can tweet from up there! Favorite snack? Start meat.
Twitter: Sooo, Mars?
NASA: Obvi. Our @NASAPersevere rover starts there in July. Watch with us?
Twitter: It's a date
NASA: * publishes a GIF of an astronaut drawing a heart symbol *
Mars Rover Perseverance is the fifth exploration vehicle on the Red Planet that follows the tire tracks of the similarly augmented title Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity.
Are you up? @NASA
– Twitter (@Twitter), May 20, 2020
Mars 2020 is part of a larger program that includes missions to the moon to prepare for human exploration of the Red Plain.
Perserverance is scheduled to land in February 2021.
The mission has two new goals: to look for signs of old life, then to try materials and to prepare a cache that can be brought back to Earth on a return trip.
It builds on the same technology platform used by Curiosity, but can land more precisely and has an on-board system to avoid dangerous terrain when descending.
It also has an improved wheel design and carries a drill for coring samples from the Martian rocks and soil while looking for signs of the old microbial life.