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5 amazing works of fanart celebrating NASA’s Curiosity rover

The success of the Curiosity rover has ensured NASA a permanent place in the halls of fandom.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 7, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 1:15 pm CDT


Olympics enthusiasts may have been rooting for their favorites Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and Ezekiel Kemboi, the respective silver-and-gold medalists in the 3000-meter Steeplechase; but on an inter-galactic level, yesterday, Earth/Mars was everyone’s favorite pairing.

We present our favorite works of fanart from yesterday, commemorating the rover Curiosity’s safe landing on the red planet:

1) Earth/Mars—Their Love Is So Invasive.


2) Lonely Rovers

Yesterday’s G.R.E.Y.S. strip, “A Curious Opportunity,” saw the artists wondering about the relationships among the three rovers and their relationships to other failed Mars missions:


With the creation of such a large rover, we started to think of them as a little family — even NASA likes them to pose for family photos.


So we decided to draw a family reunion (even though such a meeting is unlikely to ever actually happen on Mars). Not everybody could make it, of course — but how do you explain to a young rover that it’s little pet Beagle isn’t around anymore?

Artist: The G.R.E.Y.S.

3) Curiosity Closeup


4) Curious Night

Artist Sam Spratt took a moment to pay tribute to space travel, Van Gogh, and the eternal sense of wonder that space instills in all of us with this stunning portrait:

Artist: Sam Spratt

5) Google

Yesterday, prior to the rover landing, the Olympics Javelin-throw logo looked like this:

See the rover flying high in the background?

After the safe landing, the logo featured a blimp in its place.

Image by Murphypop/Tumblr

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*First Published: Aug 7, 2012, 10:52 am CDT