The Boldly Go Institute is sending a giant air freshener to Mars, which is expected to return in 2020.
Truly, the institute is named Boldly Go and the spaceship does look like a giant air freshener to me.
There is something else it sort of reminds me of, but I am not going there. I'm staying with the PG Air Fresheners.
Since it doesn't plan to actually land, only drive by and collect dust samples in the atmosphere, it's chance of success is actually pretty good.
Sadly I had a link to a NASA video here, but they took it down. What is wrong with NASA that they can't keep a video up in ethernet?
I hope the mission hasn't been canceled due to a corporate takeover.
I was hoping it would bring us back Tardegrades from Mars. Then we can have our Tardegrades go in and greet them. If they harm our Taredgrades, then we will hold the Mars Tardegrades prisoners while we try to water board them.
But it's also possible that our Tardegrades came to Earth from Mars when it lost its atmosphere. At which case there will be great hugging (with eight appendages, they are great huggers.)
Still doesn't mean they won't join forces and evict us, but given the size difference, they just might resumed living in their own little world with their cousins, who will no doubt have fascinating stories to share.