11 of the Cheekiest Tweets from Mars’ Most Sarcastic Rover
published during a new moon.
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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin” on lower Mount Sharp. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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.

2. That maybe we don’t give it enough credit for its accomplishments.

3. That there was more magic to David Bowie than meets Jupiter’s eye.

4. When it pointed out red tape isn’t just an Earthly problem.

5. How our doomsday coverage of snowstorms might be considered a little silly elsewhere.

6. When it complimented the New Horizons mission for not permanently parking on Pluto.

7. How some media lets cats out of the bag before it’s sure they’re there.

8. When it defended science’s tiniest members.

9. And was perfectly all right with admitting it doesn’t know everything.

10. When it put its wheel down about facts versus opinions.

11. And when it found something even more grandiose than cosmic brownies.