August 7th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

Curiosity photos: Caption contest

The Mars rover Curiosity has successfully landed on Mars, and highly-anticipated photos from it are already coming in.

How would you caption these images?

The winner will get a shout-out on Light Years and on our Twitter feed.

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  1. mustangvoodoo1

    But for the first step of man's journey through the Cosmos, we will remember this.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • doug

      Well i was standing out in front of my double wide when i looked up and saw is shaped object............

      August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  2. Rod C. Venger

    #2 – The Blob, Part II, Coming To A Theater Near You!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  3. asche

    My god, it's full of rocks.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • HAL

      Funny. For the 8 people that get the reference

      August 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
      • CP

        I got it : )

        August 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
      • Henry

        I think it was in the first movie ...I got it also...thats 3.

        August 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • CHEWY

        got it.

        August 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
      • Will

        Just stay away from Europa.

        August 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • MSA

      Got it, but I think the joke is about two years old😉

      August 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • LAOR

      Nice!!

      August 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  4. mustangvoodoo1

    With Rover's un-blinking eye, man quietly stares into the abyss that is forever

    August 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • asche

      wow lame

      August 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Ron

        i agree. those pictures really suck. could we try a little bit more and post some better pictures?

        August 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  5. talkhazin

    #1 – Mars Postcard – Woke up late on 1st day vacation. Lots of red sand. Locals are....not any. Miss you all. Love, Curiosity.

    #2 – Yes!!! There is life on Mars......oh wait, never mind, just my own shadow

    #3 – Ok little bacteria that hitched-hiked with me from Earth....I'll drop you off here then I'll come find you and then tell Houston

    August 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Bugs B.

      I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque!

      August 8, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Writer Eva

      talkhazin – I LIKED your captions! Thanks for the laughs.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Rod C. Venger

    #1 – NASA's new 2 Billion Dollar Camera – Coming to a Best Buy NEAR YOU, This Coming Black Friday!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  7. Marcelo Jimenez - LA

    1) A sticky note on my lens? C'mon! HA-HA-HA very funny guys!
    2) Who knew 1960's 3D was popular on Mars?
    3) Please Lord let me land safely – I'll never leave home again, I promise!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  8. mustangvoodoo1

    With an un-blinked eye, Rover stares into the abyss that is forever

    August 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • joe

      very lame

      August 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  9. Gavin

    #2 Attack of the 50 foot robot coming to a theater near you in new stereoscopic 3-D

    August 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  10. No one

    #2: This IS the droid we are looking for!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  11. Manny DelaCruz

    #1: Installing a dusty lens on the camera: $23 million. Sending a Ford Bronco from earth to mars to carry the camera: $2.6 billion. Mounting the camera at a permanent 45 degree angle as a practical joke.... PRICELESS.

    #2: Does my shadow make me look fat?

    #3: I hope that wasn't important.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  12. andrewgadget

    Amazingly crappy pics produced by billion dollar machine.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • andrewgadget

      I'm really being sarcastic ... I think this is an amazing feat. I haven't read into much as of yet.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • andrewgadget

      wish it didn't cost so much though! seems like they're spending money that we don't have.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • ChrisK

      It will take several days to tune the cameras...be patient.

      August 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  13. Nikki

    #3 – Olympic announcer: "Gold medal for NASA in the 563 billion meter run.."

    August 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Allison

      Love it!

      August 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
      • ken

        at least some people have funny captions. a lot of these are just corny stupidity that I am amazed they think is funny at all.

        August 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  14. Goutam

    Houston: I am lonely!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Donna Shirley

      Houston isn't controlling this rover – it's the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  15. Rick

    #3: Two words: Roswell, New Mexico...ok, three words.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  16. paperjan

    #2: Hmmmm...I've been here before...OH, it's Daddy Mohawk Guy's hair! I'm Home.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  17. Dave

    1>OK, That's how steep I have to climb. I can do that!
    2>OK, As soon I just clean off this lens cover, I'm on my way.
    3>Good Bye! Thanks! Couldn't have done this without you!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  18. Steve001

    Kubrick's 2001 updated with the monkeys flying this time!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  19. aj

    There I was driving along minding my own business and FLAP! A piece of sandpaper hit my windshield. @_@

    August 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  20. Doug

    OK, were here..........now what?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  21. Doug

    Photo 2 – I shouldn't have any problems remembering where I parked my Rover.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  22. Nemo

    #1 Well, something the sure hell ain't right.

    #2 No, no, turn the attenna the other way!

    #3 Did the primary buffer panel just fall off my gorram ship for no apparent reason?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  23. Kathy Grant

    1) In "Plane" View!
    2) Me and My Shadow!
    3) Right on Top!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  24. roughneck001

    #1: Hello, Is anybody out there.
    #2: What The–?!
    #3: Its OK, we paid for one way ticket.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  25. Mark

    For No. 1

    "Houston! There are live Martians here, but they're hiding behind some kind of smoke screen!"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  26. EAJ

    #1 Martian boomerang at 11 o'clock
    #2 Martians playing paint ball
    #3 Martian ultimate frisbee

    August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  27. Pete

    #3 "Nyaaa, I should've taken a left turn in Albuquerque!"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  28. Mark

    Curiosity, " Oh, S***! What Just Happened!!? Houston, we have a prob . . , oh. Never mind. We're cool here."

    August 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Mark

      For No. 3, of course

      August 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  29. mdarn

    1) I think we found life, but their shy.
    2) I don't know what NASA told you, but the landing wasn't as soft as they said, ouch.
    3) weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    August 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  30. MCR

    #3: Irony alert: Flying Saucers seen on Mars come from Earth!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  31. B-Dub

    Wew! For a minute there, I thought I was in Uranus.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  32. Chris Watson

    #2 'Mission to Mars 3-D" a new film starring Gary Sinise

    August 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  33. Doug

    photo 3 – I was doing about 600MPH when my hub cap came off.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  34. B-Dub

    C'mon! What genius decided to use a Razor phone camera on this expedition!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  35. Paul

    #3 Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction photo popular with Martians.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  36. Roger Brough of Strong, Virginia

    #1 Mohawk Guy’s nightmare comes true. Protective tape left on viewing lens.
    #2 HAL: Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?
    #3 drifting falling, floating weightless, calling, calling home...

    August 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  37. Doug

    Yeap, it looks just like the picture on the travel brochure!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  38. Rick-with-a-K

    (static) Um . . . Houston? I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  39. Dave

    1. Mars in color is almost as exciting as Mars in black and white.
    2. Put on your glasses, this is where the monster comes in!
    3. Anybody seen my belly button?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  40. ghs

    For photo #1: "So you say the reason the filter is tilted is to clear out the dust....I suppose if I squint my eyes you'll tell me I can see the Mars Polar Lander?"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  41. ironfray

    #1: Umm Bill, did you remember to remove the scotch tape off the lens?
    #2: Team, I know we have a budget, but this is not what I meant when I said to include a 3D camera!
    #3: Curiosity captures a UFO hoax on Mars.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  42. Bob Scott

    Who did the registration on camera 3?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
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      September 13, 2012 at 2:43 am |
  43. mrm

    1. I'm not a great selection for a photo caption contest.
    2. Neither am I, there were loads of better ones from the landiing.
    3. Hey, you're lucky. I'm not even a photo from the thing we're captioning!!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Daniella

      Hi AP, That was a ballpark firgue, basically comparing average pressure on the Martian surface to something you might find on Earth. I'll let Dr. Jacosky contrast the two atmospheres in his own words: Mars, first of all, remember is about 1.5 times as far away from the Sun as the Earth is. So it's a lot colder. Liquid water is not stable at the surface of the planet, and that's one of the puzzles, because we see geological features that look like they were carved by liquid water. The atmosphere as a whole is a little bit less than one percent as thick as the Earth's atmosphere, and it's made up predominantly of CO2. Now, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, but there's not enough on Mars to warm up temperatures to where liquid water could exist and be stable. When we look at the surface, and we've done this from orbit with spacecraft that can image the surface. We've done it from the ground with spacecraft, like the Mars Rover and Spirit and Opportunity, or the Phoenix lander, that can sample the surface and tell us the composition, or image the surface at very high resolution, millimeter-scale resolution. We see a lot of evidence that liquid water has been there, we see geological and geochemical evidence for a very complex history. That's one of the most interesting things about Mars. It looks simple, but the more you learn, the more complicated it looks, it looked like. When we look at the Earth as a system, we see that every part of it influences every other part. So the atmosphere affects the oceans, that affect the polar caps, these all affect the geology of the surface, when we look at rainfall and runoff. The interior affects the oceans and atmosphere system, a complex, complicated system. And the more we find out about Mars, the more we're discovering that it too is a system, just as complicated as the one on Earth. The only thing it's lacking is oceans, and there are people who think that there were oceans, early on Mars. If not oceans, there certainly seems to be pretty convincing evidence for standing bodies of water like lakes, or river channels, and for a very active hydrological cycle, water cycle. And of course, with liquid water, at least in the past, or possibly today in the subsurface, there's the possibility for life. So Mars is just an exciting place to be exploring.

      September 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  44. steverh

    Yep! Cell phone cameras still suck!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  45. john doe

    j'ai rien à branler, alors j'envoie des textes bidons.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Richard

      Vas te faire foutre, connard!

      August 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  46. Scott

    #2
    The results of the astronaut's Rorschach tests are in Bob, most say it's a bunny.
    #3
    Call it in the air, heads or tails...

    August 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  47. SYNAPSE

    1] Now cover your RIGHT eye...
    2] Has anybody seen my 3D glasses ?
    3] UFO sighted in Martian sky

    August 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  48. diane

    Oh man, cone bras are everywhere! :O

    August 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  49. BD

    #1. Damn this duct tape residue. See what happens when you cut our budget?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  50. diane

    watermelon shots can be sooooo messy!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  51. FredFlintstoyne

    1 – "The fog of Mars"
    2 – "Bi-polar Mars"
    3 – "Mars has UFOs or swamp gas"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  52. diane

    Hmmm.....should I go with black and white, or sepia?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  53. John

    Pic #3: A bullet. Right before it hits your eye.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  54. david

    #3...to the planet Mars....."Hi honey, I'm home!!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  55. Dylan L

    #2 "This baby has everything, including old school 3D"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  56. John Engman

    We all thought we were doomed when the glass pane containing Zod and evil cohorts from the planet Krypton appeared on Mars, until Mighty Mouse swooped in from the west to save the day.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  57. Offended

    Here's your caption: "What a waste of money."

    August 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • steve

      I hope your not a hypocrite and feel the same about two useless wars that cost thousands times more than this.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • steve

        'you're'

        August 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • JMC

      Here is your caption: "Waste of life."

      August 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  58. ghs

    For photo #3: "Now was the heat shield to deploy first or second.... can we get a check the manual on that....Why?! CUZ I'M LOOKING AT THE SHIELD RIGHT NOW AND WE GOT LESS THAN 6 MINUTES LEFT....!?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • ghs

      For photo #3: "Now was the heat shield to deploy first or second.... can we get a check in the manual on that....Why?! CUZ I'M LOOKING AT THE SHIELD RIGHT NOW AND WE GOT LESS THAN 6 MINUTES LEFT....!?

      August 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  59. Scott

    #1
    Houston, we have a parallelogram.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  60. Larksong

    #1–Curiosity goes through the looking glass to see how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  61. DR VINNY BOOM BOTTS

    Not a Walmart in sight.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  62. B-Dub

    Dude? Where am I?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  63. Sal Minella

    A Martian mouse sticks a wedge of cheese up its nose, in the traditional manner, as a sign of greeting and friendship.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Sal Minella

      For #3, "of course"

      August 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Alvaro

      RE: My view is even though there are many drieeffnt factors in each and every sale but because they have an ability to affect other properties that ALL sales be counted. I always objected to the fact that the county did not use foreclosures and many other sales in their tax evaluations until this past year. The market is the market. A foreclosure down the street from you affects your value. As to how banks do their accounting internally does affect pricing in the market because if they carry a loan at face and it is only worth 50 percent it will affect how they deal with the property. In reality by excluding lower prices you are artificially inflating real estate prices. I really doubt that happened by accident. What if we did the same thing in the stock market? On every day there are forced sellers in many companies. Margin calls, fund liquidations, hedge fund redemptions, etc. Should we exclude their sales and only count the ones we want to inflate the price?

      September 13, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  64. B-Dub

    Hopefully this robot is not drinking and driving. I'd hate for him to spill his drink!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  65. schoolsub

    #3: Oh crap, we just lost a hubcap!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  66. ghs

    For photo #2: "For visual clarity and comfort, always coat your 3 D glasses with the proper amount of zinc oxide."

    August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  67. Cliff

    #2 "You may put on your 3D glasses...now."

    August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  68. R. King

    #3

    NASA EXCLUSIVE: The set of the ultra secret Hollywood sequel, Biodome II, has been spotted on Mars. Pn the pl;us side, there is no sign of Pauly Shore.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  69. Colossal waste of taxpayer money...

    Thank God we didn't spend that 2-plus BILLION on our schools or something as equally frivolous.....

    August 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  70. sadowsky

    #1: Shoot! General Zod escaped from Jor-El's phantom zone again!
    #2: Mars rover Curiosity deemed borderline bipolar after taking Rorschach test
    #3: Lost Deathstar discovered covered in dust, superlaser still functional. please contact NASA for return instructions

    August 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  71. Bowie

    This is Major Tom to ground control...

    August 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  72. THX1953

    2. Sarah, don't you just Love how Jamie is starting to use his Reds?

    August 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  73. Rick-with-a-K

    (Static) Um . . . Houston? I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore, over.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  74. Pat

    #1 "Do a barrel roll!"

    August 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  75. Pete A.

    Skeptic magazine has just debunked this picture and confirmed it is a hubcap from a 1964 Rambler!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  76. Barb

    I thought I was on Mars, but this looks like Bakersfield.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  77. THX1953

    3. Stinking string on the yoyo broke AGAIN??

    August 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  78. THX1953

    No Margret, I don't see a Polar Bear

    August 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  79. DHems

    Holy Curiosity Batman....where's the Mars Bars??

    August 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  80. Scot

    Expert claims rover heat shield reverse engineered from crashed UFO – kept at Area 51

    August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  81. Dr Bix

    They can take the orange blurry filter off the camera anytime now!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  82. Chris

    #2: I think I forgot my 3D glasses at home again...

    August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  83. Pete A.

    And to your left folks is Martian Martins residence just over those hills there on Hottywood!

    August 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  84. mikeharris7

    #3

    Dear Insurance – just lost multi-million dollar lens cap thingy on Mars. Sorry.

    -Curiosity

    August 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Angelica

      Oh my, I love this entry. It's my first time here so I was pretty scoekhd when I finally read the part where you revealed why you broke up. Love how it was written. Gay pride! My bro had a somewhat similar experience. He's gay din.Congratulations!

      September 13, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  85. Tom

    #2 – In an effort to attract a younger fan base, NASA equips Curiosity with the Instagram application. Future apps will include Foresquare to find other rovers in the near vicinity and a Geocaching app so that rovers can pieces of scrap metal hidden throughout the planet.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  86. Andy

    If you ever wondered what a $2.6 billion shadow puppet would look like...

    August 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  87. Biff Coswell

    Trying to snap a photo from my Harley of the Big thermometer in Barstow,CA on the way to Vegas!

    August 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  88. dad7d

    #1 What time is the surf up on this baby?
    #2 Foreshadowing things to come.
    #3 Help ! The earthlings are coming ! The earthlings are coming

    August 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  89. Howard Letzkus

    R Kelly's fish tank

    August 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  90. Scot Milton

    Dude with Mohawk sends radio control truck to Mars, takes poor quality pictures for 2 billion

    August 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  91. goodspaceguy

    Crater?! I barely even know 'er!

    August 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  92. GHems

    #1 Mitt Romney starts sending gold bars to Mars for the tax break.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  93. deb

    Hey, careful! Don't point the camera at the alien settlement!

    August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  94. GHems

    #3: Wait..... You mean WE are the UFO's on Mars? = MIND BLOWN

    August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  95. bobo

    Wardrobe malfunction!

    August 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  96. GHems

    Rover takes up shadow boxing to pass the time.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  97. Dex

    #3 "After a 2 year journey, Balloon Boy finally reaches Mars"

    August 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • deb

      love it!

      August 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  98. Rick

    #1 Conquering Photoshop, one planet at a time!

    #2 Mars is trippy.

    #3 Look Ma, no hands!

    or

    #3 Curiosity, a true "Balloon Boy"

    August 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  99. cwfusto

    I would caption these, " really? for a few billion dollars these images are the quality we get?" Look at the older rover pictures, they're WAY more clear.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • nathanbrazil

      Dude, this is the low res equipment (first to be fired up). The high res stuff gets brought on line as things are tested and powered up.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  100. Tad

    Reports of UFOs on Mars are merely weather balloons. Pay no attention that giant rover zapping rocks with lazers.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
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