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. josh

    NASA learns that GOD has already been to Mars

    August 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  2. Jinx

    Picture#3
    "It's not a dream if the Tontem falls, or is it?"

    August 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  3. Mom

    See Gary? 2001: A Space Odyssey really WAS looking into the future.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  4. Tom Reid

    $2.6 billion and all they could afford was a kodak camera with bad film. smh

    August 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Alex F

    You host the Olympics we land on Mars!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  6. Alex F

    Another gold for the US of A !

    August 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  7. Daniel

    1) "These Eagle Eyes really work!"
    2) Curiosity trying to see Mars in 3D
    3) "SPAAAAAAAAAACEEE!!!"

    August 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  8. Parker

    Scientist 1: "My God...an entire planet of Iraq."

    Scientist 2: "Except there's no oil, sir."

    Scientist 1: "...Yet."

    August 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  9. josh

    NASA learns that God has already been there.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  10. KFM

    #1 – "There's nothing to see. I used to live here, you know." – Luke Skywalker

    August 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  11. Bertrand Schreibstein

    A single Mars owl bravely flies toward Curiosity.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  12. Dp

    #2: Screenshot from The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Vault of Secrets, Mars Rover POV. The Curiosity Rover is such a Doctor Who fanboy.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  13. mokumanu

    1. Hmmm, lot to do.
    2. Hmmm, even more than i thought.
    3. Can't wait to get to work.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  14. Jake

    "O.K., buddy. You ruined my film in developing. I want a free roll, AND I'm going to sue your two bit operation for the cost of my flight PLUS the time I wasted answering your captioning contest!'

    August 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  15. Vance

    Hello tax payers! I like you hope these images get better. After all, I cost a heck of a lot of money.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  16. GenericMan

    Eye Spy with my little eye,

    August 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  17. acts0412

    JIREH

    August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  18. MindGrinder

    100 million miles away, never seemed so close before.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  19. drefromla

    3. Are we there yet?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  20. alexpdx

    #2: "Finally, peace... not a crazy human in sight"

    August 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  21. Chris

    The Mars rover Curiosity has found the spinning square from Superman II,.. unfortunately for Earth, Zod, Ursa and Non are no where to be found.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  22. MofM&M

    # 3: Red Eye

    August 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  23. Steve Moss

    Klaatu Baratta Nikto

    August 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  24. dOOd

    #2 OMG, Its' BATMAN!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  25. Frank

    #1 Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here.
    #3 Best non-Photoshopped UFO pic EVER!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  26. Lara

    #1 Cellophane Moment!
    #2 Curiosity – "Okay wiseguys, who put the Andy Warhol filter on my camera??"
    #3 Woah Nellie! Hold onto to your britches, we are in for a rough ride!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  27. leonard

    2 billion dollars? and all we get is pictures a 2 year old might have took at the beach?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  28. Crazydeus

    Balloon Boy went way too far this time.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  29. Bob Lewis

    #1 – Watch out Phoenix, it's a Martian haboob.
    #2 – Thankfully the engineers downloaded Instagram so Curiosity can artiste up the bleak Martian landscape.
    #3 – Overhead view of the Traveler's Umbrella on Mars

    August 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • JonSB

      LOL @ #2

      August 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  30. rich

    #1 – and right here is where we will put the sand trap off the 1st tee.

    #2 – through the eyes of Astronaut Timothy Leary

    #3 – darn...dropped my dreidel...

    August 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  31. Derek

    #2 – Even martians get their fingers in front of the lens when taking pictures.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  32. Jon

    There is my missing hubcap! Thg kids are trying to make one of them UFO videos again.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  33. kmox

    Drove through the Nevada desert and put $2.6B on red.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  34. Napias9

    Wall Drug <---–140 million miles

    August 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  35. Chris

    1. Guys, who left the sticker on the lens?! C'mon.....
    2. 3D shadows for......the......fail?
    3. Finally, a UFO!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  36. Steve Moss

    Klaatu Barrata Nikto

    August 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  37. jennifer

    Oh... I landed in Nevada 🙁 Opps

    August 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  38. chancygardener

    #1) Yo, NASA – (two words) GoPro Hero !
    #2) News Flash ! BIG FOOT found on Mars !
    #3) So, Flying Saucers actually ARE real !

    August 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  39. Nitngal23

    FINALLY, some Peace and Quiet!!! Now if I could get this sticker off my lens!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  40. tim

    Pic 1 "These 3D glasses suck."

    August 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  41. cucotx

    # 1 – Those geniuses at Nasa did it again. They forgot to remove the anti-scratch plastic wrappers for the lens.
    # 2 – I just woke up and I see my shadow. I predict many years of dust, heat and cold for me. I hate my life!
    # 3 – Incoming UFO and again those geniuses at Nasa forgot to program in some evasive maneuvers!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  42. Ryan Choate

    this is for all 3 pics. the only place where Mitt Romney can hind his taxes and win a election.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  43. Lynn

    Boy, I am lookin' good up here !

    August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  44. Nitngal23

    FINALLY!! Some Peace and Quiet!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  45. thejames2020

    Hey dad, where's the Buckeyes???

    August 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  46. AJ

    #1 As it turns out, IKEA has been on Mars for years.
    #2 With cuts to funding for NASA by Obama, this is a shot from the best 3D camera they could find.
    #3 Leaked cell phone photo captured by boom operator in the NASA studios of Curiousty Rover.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  47. Daniel

    #1: Geometry and Mars

    #2: 3D glasses might do the trick.

    #3: It's not what it looks like... or is it?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  48. Jester1028

    #2 – "damn it! I'm a 2.5 billion dollar space explorer and yet they didn't install an INSTAGRAM app!!?"

    August 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  49. Rooster Cogburn

    #1 – 2.6B a
    #2 – 2.6B b
    #3 – 2.6B c

    August 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  50. HenkV

    Number 3: Madonna's bra has been spotted circling mars. Now where is the other half?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  51. Jester1028

    #3 – "Mom..*sob*...is that you?"

    August 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  52. Henry

    Would the app for this be Where's my Water?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  53. Jester1028

    #2 – "damn it! I', 2.5 billion dollar space explorer and yet they didn't install an INSTAGRAM app!!?"

    August 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  54. j.adelaide

    #3. Is it just me or is that a smiley face dropping towards mars?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  55. Sabrina Burkiewicz

    Here's what Curiosity is thinking in photo #1," Mmm...I like black and white but I think the Sepia really says "THIS IS MARS!" "

    August 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  56. ThomasJMooney

    Mars rover, mars rover! Send pictures on over!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  57. ronlong

    "Those IPADS sure are popular."

    August 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  58. terrymcmanus1

    $2.6 billion for this thing...and my iPhone takes better pictures.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  59. Del Duca

    #1 Whats beyond the horizon?
    #2 proof that even curiosity can't make an instagram image look good
    #3 Dude, I hope the chute opens.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  60. jeremy

    #3 mission control watched helpessly from 50 milion miles away as curiosity lost its hubcap
    #3 after curiosity lost its hubcap, nasa regretted not spending the half billion dollars for the wheel upgrade

    August 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  61. Jester1028

    Curiosity to Earth – I found the diamond shaped mirror -- but...where is General Zod & his companions? They are supposed to be imprisoned by this object.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  62. Jeremy McCann

    #2 Caption: Crap! Flew 350 million miles to watch "Mars Attacks" in 3D and my stupids glasses broke!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  63. Dave

    Here's my caption:

    "What D'hell is that?"

    D

    August 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  64. Carlos Diaz

    #1 – Morning Haze
    #2 – Foreshadow
    #3 – Cloud Zero

    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  65. Arlee

    #1 I'm here less than 10 minutes, and I have already got a parking ticket.
    # 2 Just landed and everything is good... Oh wait I have a bloody nose.
    #3 Just before Curiosity lands a craft from Jupiter zips in and takes the last parking space on Mars.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  66. jeremy

    #3 apparently spending 2.5 billion dollars on a vehilce doesnt mean you wont lose a hubcap

    August 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  67. Doug

    Mr. President, I think we found a solution with where to relocate the Guantanamo bay detainees.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  68. CuriousJames

    #3 – "Hal, your turn signal is STILL ON!"

    August 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  69. Amazed

    Picture # 3 – This just in – Unidentifed Flying Object over Mars' Mt Sharp. Extra-Martians suspected...

    August 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  70. Brian Smith

    1) The "Phantom Zone" from Superman 2 – it's headin' right for us!
    2) Rocks. More Rocks. Why do I keep touching these?
    3) Another visitor...Stay awhile. Stay FOREVER!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  71. Stan

    "We'll be making our descent to Mars International Airport... Uhhh, the weather outside is a cool -107 Celsius with dust storms to the NorthEast. We'll be landing in approximately 7 minutes, uhhhh, it'll be a slightly bumpy ride. Please stow all baggage, fasten seat belts, and move all trays to their upright and locked positions. Thank you for flying with Curiosity Rovers, uhhh, flight attendants please prepare for landing."

    August 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  72. usamare

    1. No one is leaving until we find out who left shipping tape on the rear camera lens!

    2. As everyone knows, we at NASA have always believed that a normal camera has no place in exploration...

    3. Mars Rover landing step 1203: As soon as the marble rolls down the Hot Wheels track, it will press the button to deploy the parachute.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  73. Doug

    What do you mean we can’t dig until the environmental impact study has been completed?

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  74. Sumit

    1. Golden times lie ahead
    2. Nice to be out in the sun again
    3. Home sweet home, here I come.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  75. Green Man

    Amazing what you can do in a big airplane hanger and a green screen. Thanks Pixar

    August 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  76. PhillipK

    #1 We thought this screen shot from the video game Battle Morph (on the Atari Jaguar) resembled Mars better than the actual video stills.
    #2 This is a picture of Eastern Washington shot through a cheap pair of 3D glasses. Accidentally uploaded. Enjoy.
    #3 The Highly anticipated sequel to Mac and Me has upped its budget and is filming on location! Comming to Theaters Easter 2013

    August 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  77. Jaime

    #1 It's a bird, it's a plan... It's an angry bird?

    August 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  78. Jack Skellington

    Looks like perfect red dirt for growing watermelons.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  79. Steve

    Damm sunshade...never works when you want it to!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  80. iathycs

    I landed safely on Mars and most Americans are more excited about Mohawk Guy...

    August 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  81. Bud Tarken

    This is awesome and proud of NASA. Great job folks!!!

    Let's hope Mitt Romney and his cult doesn't get into a position to cut science.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  82. Species 8472

    #3) Helen, I found your hubcap!!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  83. Christina

    Oh my god, Wall-E is here somewhere too?!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  84. Doug

    #1: Sadly, this was the last image Curiosity took before getting swept up into The Phantom Zone and forced to spend eternity next to Terance Stamp and his perpetual bad breath.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  85. myles

    2.6 billion and thats the best imaging they could do?? i could send a rover there for less and maybe even have a person.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  86. briddle

    And the search for a viable republican candidate continues.........

    August 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  87. theshortbuskid

    1. Even on Mars you have to wait for Google Street view to load!

    2. Due to a freek miscalculation on entry, Curiosity is transported back in time to the '70's. On Mars!!!

    3. Ummm Houston. . . was that thingy important???

    August 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  88. haysikings

    I wish the mars rover would stop putting his vacation photos on Facebook.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  89. Doug

    #2: Humans all over the globe stopped when they learned of the tremendous news that the Bat Signal was clearly visible on Mt. Sharp.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  90. Doug

    #3: ACK! My contact!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  91. Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All

    For all three:
    Yep, Instagram works on Mars, guys. We are clear for colonization.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  92. Fpint

    #1 – The NASAgram app still has some bugs to be worked out.
    #2 – The Curiosity camera is suffering from some Rocket Lag
    #3 – This mission brought to you by Jack in the Box!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  93. haysikings

    #1 who turned on the webcam filters? >.<

    August 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  94. Mike

    Hey folks just flew in from Earth and boy are my thrusters tired. Ba...buuuuummmmm. But seriously you're a great planet and it's fantastic to be here. For my first imitation I'd like to do Stephen Hawking sitting in a wheelchair facing to the left.....ohhh hey thanks. I'll be here all 730 sols...please tip your bartenders...thanks I'm out of here.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  95. marinofreakout

    its a bird! its a plane! no, its just my robot brain.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  96. Rob

    What do mean there is no camera angle adjustment?

    August 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  97. Richard

    Man is now the alien on another world.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  98. mustangvoodoo1

    But for the first step of our journey through the Cosmos, mankind will remember this

    August 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  99. MIKE

    2.6 billion was spent on the rover, 2.6 dollars on the camera lens.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  100. Mario F

    1. Windshield Yard Sale Flyer...Two slightly used Probes
    2. Go to Mini Mart, buy Slurpee, Get Free 3D Glasses
    3. Now this is something to Smile about... : )
    (Look at lander closley, "Two eyes and a Smile")

    August 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
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