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Contest: Impress your friends with a piece of Mars

Win this piece of Mars

Win me

(This contest was judged here.)

… tell New Scientist,

what the first person to set foot on Mars should say.

If you win, and it doesn’t impress them, you have the wrong friends.

Mars rocks.

So, come to think of it, we will offer a free copy of The Nature of Nature (which offers Guillermo Gonzalez’s work on the true status of habitability of exoplanets) to the best entry placed here at Uncommon Descent, in the comments box.

Gonzalez’s 2001 prediction has held up so far.

Contest will be closed for judging May 28, 2011.

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45 Responses to Contest: Impress your friends with a piece of Mars

  1. “That’s one small step for man, hey, what’s that I’m stepping in?!”

  2. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.

  3. Since we probably won’t get there until after the Russians:

    Ah, now, I understand why they call if the red planet.

  4. I’m having trouble MARShalling a reply. I have a feeling anything I come up with will be worlds apart from what’s considered down to earth. It should be easy, it’s not rocket science after all.

  5. The original was supposed to be

    That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”

    and (according to NASA) the “a” was lost in transmission because it was too short a sound for the voice-activated mike to pick up and transmit.

    May I propose the following for the Mars landing:

    “That’s one giant trip for a man, one tiny step for mankind”

  6. Marvin? Is that you?

  7. Finally! A homeland for the Jews.

  8. You gotta be in it to win it (that’s not the quote, this is the quote):

    “The next step for a man from a privileged planet.”

  9. They lost my luggage again!?

    How long till the next flight get’s here?

  10. 10

    Take us to your symbols.

  11. 11

    “Little green men! Little green men! Aaaaaahhhhhhhrrrrgggg!!!”….beep, beep….hiss… (end transmission)

  12. “Kinda bleak, but hey it is still better than earth after that May 21, 2011 Apocalypse incident!!

  13. “man, I could really use a whopper…i’m gonna gps the nearest BK…what?! No service! Dang iPhones!”

  14. “hold on, i’ll start collecting bacterium samples in a bit…let my update my, facebook status first!”

  15. let my update my, facebook status first!


  16. So where’s the best place to look for Mars upials?

  17. O M G! I just misread the title of the OP. I thought it said “Impress your friends with a piece of ars.

    I am SO embarrassed.

    Needless to say, they were not impressed.

  18. 18

    “I hear they’re talking about the end of the world down there. Good thing I’m here.”

  19. “And they thought man-caused global warming was a problem on Earth!”

  20. “Elvis?! Is that you!?”

  21. “this is NOT how it looked in the brochure!”

  22. “I’d like to thank Charles Darwin, who made this all possible.”

  23. “Well, here I am on Mars, and still no sight of God.”

  24. “How the heck did these theologians get here before us?”

  25. If I win, feel free to give my copy to another contestant or to a public library. I already have a copy. Plus, I’ve flooded the thread, lol.

    But i do think I’ve had some good ones. Only problem is they’ve pretty much been all one liners. And I bet that it will be a prepared speech longer than one line. Surely it will have something in it about how this shows we are friends with the Muslim world and not at war with Islam.

    ok, now I have to work that idea up into an entry, lol.

  26. “Love hurts, love scars, love wounds, and mars …” Roy Orbison, Nazareth, et al.

    Wrong concept, but a great song!

  27. “great…now what?”

  28. 28

    “How the heck did these theologians get here before us?”


  29. “That’s one small step in a long sequence of convenient chance events, and one giant leap for non-teleological, haphazardly bumping organic molecules.”

  30. ok everyone. helmets off. Let’s put this “habitable zone” myth to rest once and for all.

  31. CY, yeah, I thought that was a good one, lol.

  32. “stupid mapquest…this does NOT look like the farm with the world’s largest eggplant!”

  33. Mung @ 30. . .
    :D oh man that is classic!

  34. Contest will be closed for judging May 28, 2011.

    heck, even God couldn’t create a universe in 8 days!

  35. “I thought the Sat Nav was on the blink.”

  36. “I thought the Sat Nav was on the blink.”

    YES! A design inference!

    The lander actually landed on Mars.






    Two points to you!! :-)

  38. semi OT: New IDtheFuture Podcast

    “Discussing the New Exoplanet With Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez”

  39. BA77: I just listened to that podcast this afternoon. Dr Gonzales seemed a bit subdued . . . but the discussion of the considerations was very good.

  40. By the grace of H’ronmeer, we have landed.

    /DC comics nerd

  41. To pay for a human Mars expedition, I think there is going to have to be some commercial input … and special acknowledgement too.

    As the Astronaut steps from the Mars Lander, she would say to camera 1 (with her Virginia Slims cigarette unlit in its holder), “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby. I’m going to give you All the News That’s Fit to Print.”

    To Camera 2: “Why is it me here and not you? ‘Maybe She’s Born With It. Maybe It’s…” some might say, or maybe because I’m good at ‘Connecting People’ . Well, ‘Between Love And Madness Lies Obsession’ …”

    “Well,” – To Camera 3- “I ‘Just Do It’, because ‘It Gives You Wings’.’ Oh What A Feeling!’”

    Back to Camera 1 – “’When You Care Enough To Send The Very Best’ that ‘Keeps Going And Going And Going’, I will ask you ‘What’s The Worst That Can Happen?’ Here are ‘The Solutions For A Small Planet’.”

    Camera 2: “I will ‘Look For The Golden Arches’ because ‘It’s The Real Thing’.”

    Camera 3. ‘Now … There Is Only One Mars.”


  42. “So… men really are from Mars! – who knew?!”

  43. “So… men really are from Mars! – who knew?!”

    heh. I’ve been thinking of how to make something from this.

    Men are from Mars, women are from Venus.

    You might be a [xxxxx] if:

    You chose the trip to Mars over the trip to Venus.

  44. Mung:

    MG is back and making claims about your dissection of ev.

    GEM of TKI

  45. MG is back and making claims about your dissection of ev.
    Any evidence that she’s actually read the relevant material yet?

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