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. Jucileide

    that might help uncover parts of this mytresy a little more clearly. One of those includes thea0MAVEN mission to Mars, scheduled for launch in 2013, which will study how Mars’ atmosphere and climate has changed over

    September 13, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  2. J. Bag

    It's like the moon... Only red...er.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  3. Eric B

    Our Curiosity is getting the better of us. We want to know who lost a contact and how did it end up on the surface of Mars?

    August 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Red

    # 3 Janet Jackson performs Martian Superbowl Halftime show

    August 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Eric B

    Curiosity captures image showing signs of former life on Mars with a bloody crime scene.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  6. Eric B

    Curiosity confirms lage geometric shapes roam the red planet and give it color.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  7. Dan

    #1 – I should not have had that complementary in-flight margarita.
    #2 – Ok I’m here….now where’s the bathroom?
    #3 – CANNON BALL!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  8. Pam Solomon

    Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:22 am |
  9. Pushpa

    Hurray! There is no cat in Mars to kill Curiosity!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  10. geekysister

    1) Can't wait to check this place out. Right now it just looks like I'm driving through Arizona.

    2) Pics or it didn't happen – check me looking good on Mars!

    3) They said I didn't need the lens cap strap... :P

    August 9, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  11. Jairus James

    #1 This is not how Instagram works, guys...

    August 9, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  12. Jairus James

    #2 Damn, they said 3D glasses would work up here.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  13. J-Dubb

    Curiosity: "I'm locked and loaded, and ready to kick some martian azz!"

    August 9, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  14. J-Dubb

    And the "Worst Landing Spot" award goes to . . .

    August 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  15. CheddarBob

    And 2 billion dollars later . . . Oh wait, that's it? I want a refund!

    August 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  16. CheddarBob

    And 2 billion dollars later . . . Oh wait, that's it? I want a refund.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  17. Kenny

    This is your brain, this is your brain on Mars...

    August 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  18. Zacko

    Mars or Indio, California... Curiosity continues to wonder where it landed.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  19. niko

    #2 – crap! dropped my 3D glasses.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  20. Bryan

    Lucy, I'm home!

    August 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  21. Marco

    #2 – wheres the darn mickey dee's on this planet !!!

    August 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  22. MJPE

    1) NASA shocked to discover Martian drug hub - the 'Golden Rectangle'.

    August 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  23. MJPE

    2) Headline: James Cameron hired after NASA 3D imaging fail.

    August 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  24. eric

    Curiosity takes the gold!

    August 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  25. fL229v

    Curiosity joins million mile-high club with a "Pleasantville" effect

    August 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  26. Warren

    3. Heat shield Happy Face

    August 8, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  27. MikeZ

    #2 – These Martian 'shrooms are trippin me out man! Psychedelic dude...

    August 8, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  28. MikeZ

    #2 – Breaking News: Curiosity Sees His Shadow – 6 More Weeks of Winter on Mars

    August 8, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  29. Jason Grant

    Photo #1 – Looks like the Martian's are training up for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Badminton.

    Photo #2 – And it looks like the Martian's still need to work on their archery skills. *While walking away* "Man my head hurts!"

    Photo #3 – "Oh My God!!! The Martian's are throwing the discus at us!!"

    If you couldn't tell, I went for an Olympics theme.

    August 8, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  30. MindGrinder

    100 million miles away never seemed closer

    August 8, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  31. Uncle Stumpy

    #3: O HAI. IM IN UR ATMOSPHERE DROPPIN MAH HEAT SHEELD. U MAD?

    August 8, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  32. Joseph Brendan Baker

    Pic # 2: "Six more weeks of Martian winter"

    August 8, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  33. Joseph Brendan Baker

    Pic # 2 "Six more weeks of Martian winter."

    August 8, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  34. Zyrisk

    2. rover saw his shadow 6 more weeks of sandstorms ahead
    3. dont worry NASA i got this will only take me about 7 min just sit back and relax
    or
    so i just have to drop out of the sky and hit a area of just a few miles while i am on fire and have no windows, no problem NASA i got this!

    August 8, 2012 at 5:02 am |
  35. MJPE

    #3) NASA Mohawk Guy, "It appears their smiley face is still loading."

    August 8, 2012 at 3:32 am |
  36. eg

    deadmouse

    August 8, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  37. @KennyVasques

    "Outpost Beta here. I have a visual now. These things look like … animals. They're huge, maybe twenty, twenty-five meters high, four-legged, and their heads move. But they're made out of metal. They have extremely heavy armor and armament. I count six of 'em so far." -Empire Strikes Back

    August 8, 2012 at 12:18 am |
  38. KFM

    #3 Martian Smiley Face points Curiosity in the direction of Mt. Sharp

    August 8, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  39. KFM

    #2 How did Mowhawk Guy's hair color wind up on Curiosity's cameras?

    August 8, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  40. Kelly

    "@RoverCuriosity Just added a photo Instagr.am"

    August 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  41. Drralphy

    I sure am thirsty after that trip. Anyone got a drink of water?

    August 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  42. Ron Williams

    Really.... 2.6 billion buys 3D technology from the 1950s???

    August 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  43. Homer

    1. "I can see Mars from my house"
    2. MARVIN THE MARTIAN LIVES!
    3. You picked a fine time to leave me loose shield

    August 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  44. Ken Alter

    #3 Houston....we have a problem... Curiosity just lost a spinner.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  45. rn9588

    #2 – Curiosity: Whoa! Is that the size of my butt!?!!???
    #3 – Size of smudge on the lens compared to a dime.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  46. kansas

    Where's the port-a-potty located?

    August 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  47. rn9588

    #1 – Curiosity: I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore ...
    #2 – Curiosity: Whoa! Is that the size of my butt!?!!???
    #3 – Size of smudge on the lens compared to a dime.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  48. CHEWY

    any pic "finally, a planet that isn't going insane!"

    August 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  49. Ralph L. Davis III

    Even Martians can't believe how horrible NBC's Olympic broadcast has been.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  50. fred

    look at that shadow, that's impossible, the entire curiosity thing has to be a fake. the shadow should be on the other side. total proof that this supposed landing is and always has been a fake. the actual photo was probable taken in the Mohave desert in southern California!!! They must think were stupid. I do believe the billions of dollars a true.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  51. dabuttery

    um, Hello... !

    Is there anybody here?

    um, I'm selling Girl Scout cookies, and I've got Lemonades and Tagalongs and Trefoils, and, oh and Thin Mints!

    DOES ANYBODY WANT TO BUY SOME COOKIES? HELLO?

    August 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  52. CHD

    Road kill on Mars really splatters with the lower gravity and thinner atmosphere

    August 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  53. CHD

    Houston to Rover...what's all that red liquid on your windshield
    Rover to Houston...uh yeah...sorry Houston...it appears there use to be life on Mars until we ran the darn thing over! Sorry Houston.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  54. whatever

    photo #1: "OK, who's the genius who left a Post-It note stuck to the camera lens?"
    #2: Andy Warhol's interpretation of Curiosity's 15 minutes of fame.
    #3: BREAKING NEWS: Martian teenager communicates with Earth via tiny metallic smiley-face emoticon

    August 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  55. Wren Sharpbeak

    1. Crop the image?
    | Crop | Cancel | Don't Crop

    2. Aw man, I forgot the 3D glasses!

    3. Gosh, that's that long way down...

    August 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  56. Jferguson

    #2 – Future site of the Utopia Planitia shipyards.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  57. Tim

    I paid $2.5B and all I got was this crappy grainy picture.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  58. Yako

    May Mars exploration promotes earth appreciation....

    August 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  59. BIB

    For 2 billion dollars and you get the snap shot of the Grand Canyons...WOW money well spend.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  60. Jeff Givens

    Look, there's smog on Mars; I can hardly seen the mountains.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  61. Henry

    For #1. Do you see the UFO in the upper right corner?
    For #2. All this distance for a crack lab?
    For #3. I saw this space ship in the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

    August 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
  62. Colorada

    Authorities say they could be a young boy trapped in there.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  63. Marco

    #2 -"where's the damn mcdonald's on this planet !!!"

    August 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  64. Will

    1-Ahrrg, my contact is messed up.
    2-I'm going to look up, tell me if you see it in there.
    3-Oh S*#T! It fell in the sand!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  65. Sandy

    "Oh look! Another 2.5 billion dollar waste of money!"

    August 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  66. Brett

    #2 Mars by Picasso

    August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  67. Eric Young

    Photo #2: ... one giant leap backward for 3-D technology.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  68. jean

    I told you that we should have asked for directions.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  69. Jt_flyer

    Keep the images coming. This is fascinating stuff.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  70. Mom

    #2: See Gary? 2001: A Space Odyssey really WAS looking at the future.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  71. Casey

    #2 – Frying Pan finally got his shadow to stick. It turns out that neither soap nor sewing worked.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  72. Peter Pabon

    "Is there anybody out there?"....

    August 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  73. Rev. Schaeffer

    2.) Because it's there...

    August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  74. Intelligent

    @ photo number 1: Mars already has people sticking adverts on Curiositys windshield.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  75. Mijjan545

    #2. Blood, Sweat, and Mirrors...

    August 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  76. Mijjan545

    #3. Archeologists have just discovered the first known invisable fish!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  77. Mijjan545

    #1. I see the birds eat square meals here.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  78. Nick

    Nearly 3 billion dollars and we forget the 3D lens! ARGH!!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  79. Ranger60

    1. Curiosity: "Found the Monolith. Saw right through it..."
    2. Curiosity: "Taking my stereo to the beach... now where's all the water?"
    3. Curiosity: "Ooh look, it's a Martian flying saucer!..."

    August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  80. Alex F

    Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na,, na, na, na, na, Batman! Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  81. genero

    4ever alone.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  82. Jeff

    BREAKING NEWS: Boy in weather balloon...Mars edition.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
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