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Mars Rover Three-Word Business Plan

Grind sponsor logos on Mars rocks
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NASA has a funding problem right? NASA's not too low to get commercial sponsorship, right? Rover's on Mars -- with a camera. Yes? Lots of rocks on Mars. Even a few flat ones. Mars rover has a rock grinder, correct? So: the Mars Rover Three-Word Business plan:
Your Logo Here.
rmutt, Jan 20 2004

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       The executive summary is a little too long and the idea is disgusting from an aesthetic point of view. But as a business idea its great.
kbecker, Jan 20 2004
  

       How big would the logo have to be? How far is spirit suposed to be able to go before its wheels fall off or something?
RobertKidney, Jan 21 2004
  

       "How big would the logo have to be?"
I think that the idea is to grind logos into individual rocks so that they are seen on images relayed by the rover as it wanders about. I'm guessing that the answer is 'not very big'.
st3f, Jan 21 2004
  

       Ah right, see now. I was thinking visible from earth big.
RobertKidney, Jan 21 2004
  

       AOL logo.
sufc, Jan 21 2004
  

       Great idea. When the Martians invade, they'll know exactly who to attack.
Worldgineer, Jan 21 2004
  

       The cost of the 2 Mars Rovers is about $800 million and a Superbowl ad is around 2.25 million for 30 seconds. At those rates NASA could not only fund itself but make quite a profit. Maybe the next space race will be for the first billboard on Mars.
rbdweasel, Jan 21 2004
  

       Or the new Scion logo. Whoever does the marketing for those guys is freaking ruthless.
Letsbuildafort, Jan 21 2004
  

       Excellent! Off-world graffiti!
DrCurry, Jan 21 2004
  

       //Grind sponsor logos on Mars rocks//

That's six words.
I counted.
  

       Never mind grinding rocks, I want to know how much Mars paid to get the planet named after their chocolate bar.
stupop, Jan 22 2004
  

       I'd imagine we could do the laser thing from here. 1.2 Jigawatt lasers are proabably a bit heavy to lug all the way to Mars.
Worldgineer, Jan 22 2004
  

       This would be very useful to Coca Cola, AT&T, AOL and others, since the only eyeballs that aren't already saturated with their ads and more than aware of their brands must be hiding on Mars.
sophocles, Jan 22 2004
  

       Hmmm.... spaceships made of AOL cd's. There's a topic wanting to happen.
RayfordSteele, Jan 22 2004
  

       I hear the NASA rover isn't feeling too well at the moment. Mars doesn't seem to like tresspassers too much.   

       Someone should write a little ditty to the tune of "The Irish Rover" to cheer it up a bit. I'd croissant that, for sure.
lostdog, Jan 22 2004
  

       See - they should have had an advertising contract with [rmutt]. The poor little Rover that couldn’t would’ve been insured, and right now our house insurance premiums would be going up by a cool 400,000,000.
Itsmeagain, Jan 23 2004
  

       And it's no, nae, never
No nae never no more
That we'll drive the Mars Rover
No never, no more.
waugsqueke, Jan 23 2004
  

       Have an interplanetary fishbone. Just because an idea is good, doesn't make it a good idea. :P
Detly, Jan 23 2004
  

       ditto Detly.
DrBob, Jan 23 2004
  

       I'm just hoping they stop promoting Java with this thing. First "crawl everywhere", now "crash everywhere"
theircompetitor, Jan 23 2004
  

       [theircompetitor] - I believe it's, "write once, debug everywhere."
Detly, Jan 23 2004
  

       <aside> Interesting, how the voting upon this idea has changed considerably since Beagle and Rover eloped off on a interstellar honeymoon together.I wonder whether it will change again when they are found huddled together in a liferaft floating in the Atlantic ? <aside>
skinflaps, Jan 23 2004
  

       By the way, its spelt 1.2 Gigawatt, unless you happen to have found a prefix for units that I don't know of (or made one up).   

       Mmmmmmmm 1200000000 Joules of energy per second......   

       um   

       where is this laser getting energy from by the way!?
TheCoat, Mar 08 2004
  

       And when the planetary dust storms bury the logo, our grandchildren living on mars hundreds of years from now can dig it up and say: where did this come from?
EvilPickels, May 17 2006
  

       I like it very much. No real harm done ecologically, and a revenue stream for space exploration.   

       But why NASA? Let the good folks who did Spaceship One and The White Knight handle it.
normzone, May 17 2006
  

       Work, Rest, and Play.
Dub, May 17 2006
  

       Mars Rover Three-Word Business Plan: Give Us Moolah.
methinksnot, May 17 2006
  
      
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