We always knew Britney Spears was a little bit spacey, but we never thought she would receive a message from Mars. The Britney Spears Mars message arrived by way of the Curiosity rover, NASA’s recently touched down space toy which is capable of vaporizing rock with its laser system while running on a nuclear battery.
Spears started the dialog when she tweeted to the Curiosity rover:
“So @MarsCuriosity… does Mars look the same as it did in 2000?”
Shortly after that comment was posted the Curiosity’s official Twitter page read:
“@britneyspears Hey Brit Brit. Mars is still looking good, Maybe someday an astronaut will bring me a gift, too. Drill bits crossed ”
The “gift” part of the comment stems from the Britney Spears video “Oops! … I Did It Again” which you may recall includes a Red Planet astronaut returning to earth and giving Britney Spears a present.
While Britney Spears many not be a rocket scientist, her tweet and the surrounding hoopla involving it goes to showcase how the public interest in space exploration continues to re-emerge, especially after the dramatic landing of the Mars rover in which Curiosity managed to photograph the crash landing of the very vessel that delivered it to the Red Planet.
We will now begin to call Britney Spears an official space cadet and, unlike years past, this time we mean it in a non-insulting type of way. Also, I can’t help but think it fitting that Britney Spears would spend her free time speaking to a robot location in another part of our solar system.