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Contest: Impress your friends with a piece of Mars

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(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.

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

  1. 1
    RkBall says:

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

  2. 2
    Mung says:

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

  3. 3
    Mung says:

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

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

  4. 4
    ellazimm says:

    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. 5
    SCheesman says:

    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. 6
    Mung says:

    Marvin? Is that you?

  7. 7
    Mung says:

    Finally! A homeland for the Jews.

  8. 8
    Chris Doyle says:

    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. 9
    Mung says:

    They lost my luggage again!?

    How long till the next flight get’s here?

  10. 10
    Upright BiPed says:

    Take us to your symbols.

  11. 11
    CannuckianYankee says:

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

  12. 12
    bornagain77 says:

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

  13. 13
    MedsRex says:

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

  14. 14
    MedsRex says:

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

  15. 15
    Mung says:

    let my update my, facebook status first!


  16. 16
    Mung says:

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

  17. 17
    Mung says:

    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
    CannuckianYankee says:

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

  19. 19
    Mung says:

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

  20. 20
    MedsRex says:

    “Elvis?! Is that you!?”

  21. 21
    MedsRex says:

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

  22. 22
    Mung says:

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

  23. 23
    Mung says:

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

  24. 24
    Mung says:

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

  25. 25
    Mung says:

    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. 26
    AussieID says:

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

    Wrong concept, but a great song!

  27. 27
    MedsRex says:

    “great…now what?”

  28. 28
    CannuckianYankee says:

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


  29. 29
    Meleagar says:

    “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. 30
    Mung says:

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

  31. 31
    Mung says:

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

  32. 32
    MedsRex says:

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

  33. 33
    MedsRex says:

    Mung @ 30. . .
    😀 oh man that is classic!

  34. 34
    Mung says:

    Contest will be closed for judging May 28, 2011.

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

  35. 35
    ellazimm says:

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

  36. 36
    Mung says:

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

    YES! A design inference!

    The lander actually landed on Mars.




  37. 37
    ellazimm says:



    Two points to you!! 🙂

  38. 38
    bornagain77 says:

    semi OT: New IDtheFuture Podcast

    “Discussing the New Exoplanet With Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez”

  39. 39
    ellazimm says:

    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. 40
    Barb says:

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

    /DC comics nerd

  41. 41
    AussieID says:

    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. 42
    RkBall says:

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

  43. 43
    Mung says:

    “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. 44
    kairosfocus says:


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

    GEM of TKI

  45. 45
    Mung says:

    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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