Ever since Curiosity touched down on Mars a few years ago, Sarcastic Rover, a lively Twitter account that follows NASA’s lonely robot, has chronicled the saucier side of interplanetary exploration. Run by screenwriter Jason Filiatrault back on Earth, Sarcastic Rover leaves no Red Planet stone unturned, from cheesecake to David Bowie.
Here are some of the best zingers from the fourth rock from the sun:
1. How Scott Kelly is still human, after all.
Imagine coming back to Earth after being somewhere else for a whole year.
Imagine how many voicemails you’d have.
Like, probably two.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) March 2, 2016
2. That maybe we don’t give it enough credit for its accomplishments.
I took a photo on Mars and emailed it to your planet, but NBD, you just keep watching cat videos. pic.twitter.com/YMcF3pQ5O7
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) July 6, 2014
3. That there was more magic to David Bowie than meets Jupiter’s eye.
David Bowie dies and then a week later a whole new awesome planet just appears in space… coincidence? I think not. https://t.co/0BxzVdizcT
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) January 20, 2016
4. When it pointed out red tape isn’t just an Earthly problem.
Check out this rock I found today – I named it "Congress" because it's doing nothing and getting in the way. pic.twitter.com/mUdtZtbSQT
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) October 3, 2013
5. How our doomsday coverage of snowstorms might be considered a little silly elsewhere.
Mars doesn't have oxygen and it can make your eyes boil in your head while you freeze to death. But, please, tell me about your snowstorm.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) January 26, 2015
6. When it complimented the New Horizons mission for not permanently parking on Pluto.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) July 14, 2015
7. How some media lets cats out of the bag before it’s sure they’re there.
CNN confirms: Schrodinger's cat definitely alive… probably. Box still closed. But totally alive for sure. Or dead.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) April 17, 2013
8. When it defended science’s tiniest members.
NOT ALL ELECTRONS ARE NEGATIVE, some have just been hurt in the past and are looking for a reason to trust again.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) September 5, 2012
9. And was perfectly all right with admitting it doesn’t know everything.
There's no shame in saying
"I don't know."
Especially when you follow it up with
"Let's find out."
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) May 27, 2014
10. When it put its wheel down about facts versus opinions.
Science isn't just some vague concept you can defeat with an ill-informed opinion.
Science is real.
That's why it can put shit in space.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) February 3, 2015
11. And when it found something even more grandiose than cosmic brownies.
Stop the presses…
I FOUND CHEESECAKE ON MARS! pic.twitter.com/oAow0zto1g
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) June 26, 2015