Sunday, August 19, 2012

Curiosity rover, Britney Spears engage in Twitter exchange

Remembering that NASA and JPL's Curiosity has a Twitter feed, pop star and newly minted "X Factor" judge Britney Spears tweeted a message to the rover earlier this week, asking it the following question:

"So @MarsCuriosity... does Mars look the same as it did in 2000? ..."

The reason for the question is obvious: the beginning of the official "Oops ... I Did It Again" music video shows the Red Planet, where Curiosity is currently "staying." The link points to Spears' VIDDY account, and specifically to a short clip from that music video, which was released in 2000.

[VIDDY is the extremely popular iOS (and someday, Android) video-sharing app, which some have compared to Instagram, except for video rather than photos.]

The full video is embedded. Not only does it begin by showing Mars, but late in the video, Spears ends up on Mars with her "boyfriend," who proclaims that he retrieved the "Heart of the Ocean" diamond from the bottom of the sea for her (yes, the one from "Titanic," which was released three years prior to the video).

Spears tells him, "Aw, you shouldn't have," before leaping back into the video, where she sings, "Oops, I did it again to your heart. Got lost in this game, oh baby. Oops, you think that I'm sent from above. I'm not that innocent." Chorus.

While the pop star probably didn't expect a response, she got one. Curiosity tweeted back,

"@britneyspears Hey Brit Brit. Mars is still looking good. Maybe someday an astronaut will bring me a gift, too. Drill bits crossed ;)"

Somewhat mercenary, Curiosity? Still the reference to an astronaut on Mars is intriguing.

Readers, is the idea of a manned space mission to Mars exciting, and if so, more or less exciting than a new Britney Spears song?


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