Mars Rover Perseverance saving Matt Damon? Our fave ‘The Martian’ jokes
Mars has one more robotic inhabitant as of yesterday! The rover named Perseverance has joined the likes of Curiosity, Opportunity, and others to explore the surface of the red planet.
Shortly after NASA reported a successful landing for their Mini Cooper sized Mars Rover, Twitter began to make memes because, let’s face it, that’s the only thing Twitter is good for anymore. (Aside from ineloquent political hottakes.) However, the internet hive mind reared its head and everyone made The Martian-themed jokes.
Here are our favorite memes inspired by the Perseverance rover and Matt Damon.
Is that… Matt Damon?!? #CountdownToMars 🤣 pic.twitter.com/oDRHHvFboQ
— Saúl 👑 (@SaulBHP) February 18, 2021
Mere minutes after the first image taken by the Mars rover was released the internet photoshopped Matt Damon into the picture. At least he has some company now, even if he doesn’t have a way off the planet.
The Federal Government continues to spend far too much money trying to rescue Matt Damon. He knew what he was getting into https://t.co/DN3ob6eiOV
— Drew Curtis (@DrewCurtis) February 18, 2021
Everyone knows Matt Damon has a habit of getting stranded. From Saving Private Ryan to The Martian, it seems that we’ll do anything to get the actor back home safely.
This might just be the first step, But I am so happy we're gonna get Matt Damon off of Mars soon. pic.twitter.com/qe55uBTZWq
— Daniel Nixon (@ShiftySamurai) February 18, 2021
The same but different
While many people were photoshopping Matt Damon clad in his spacesuit into the first Mars Rover picture, but we give props to this user for at least thinking slightly outside of the box.
It made us chuckle even though we’ve heard the Matt Damon joke two dozen times by now.
Nice shot, #PerseveranceRover
Looks like it's not just Matt Damon stuck up there. pic.twitter.com/laAg6tbwfA
— William Linde (@WELinde) February 18, 2021
Got friend up there
Since Twitter was also blowing up with Ted Cruz memes due to the fact the senator appeared to be fleeing his frozen state of Texas for Cancún, Mexico, this meme elicited a giggle. Turns out Mexico wasn’t far enough – he needed to get further away from his problems.
We've made history. #NASAPerseverance has landed on #Mars2020
Now can we bring Matt Damon home & send Ted Cruz there, please? pic.twitter.com/rA8MSKfh4b
— The Jewish Ginger Resister (@EricHaftelLive) February 18, 2021
Sending a replacement
Others wanted to send Ted Cruz to the red planet, but . . . is that really who you want to start the first off-Earth human colony?
Matt damon tryna find out where that noise is coming from after hearing the rover land: #CountdownToMars #Mars2020 #marsRover pic.twitter.com/fOH6Z7F2R9
— redge0rh🇸🇴 (@RHufane) February 18, 2021
You have to use The Weeknd’s Super Bowl meme while it’s still relevant and we always applaud smushing two pop culture jokes into one. Good job Twitter user @RHufane.
I am once again asking where Matt Damon is pic.twitter.com/mD8wHZEnUx
— Kim in Phillydelphia (@kimedieval) February 18, 2021
Once again, there are Bernie Sanders memes because of course there are. The internet has been obsessed with Sanders’s wintery look from the presidential inauguration and it isn’t over yet.
At least he’s dressed pretty appropriately for Mars. It’s not as warm as it looks.
The rescue of Matt Damon begins pic.twitter.com/CQhFssSJER
— Space Explorer Mike (@MichaelGalanin) February 18, 2021
Fancam in gif form?
This user seems to have boldly taken the opportunity of the Mars rover landing to post a gif-version of a fancam for Matt Damon’s The Martian character.
Not Matt Damon trending because of the Mars thing pic.twitter.com/bII0inEBJ8
— Trish (@kbaileyjava2) February 18, 2021
Some people were a little confused about why Matt Damon began trending on Twitter for seemingly no reason. Finding out it was for one joke being told on repeat didn’t help.
Sees Matt Damon trending: Oh shoot, what's going on?
Realizes it's everyone making the same Mars joke: pic.twitter.com/kdatzntTDr
— Brynley Louise (@BrynleyLouise) February 18, 2021
Listen, it was a funny joke until we read it more than three times, okay? We love Matt Damon and the Perseverance rover, and we also love The Martian, so we’re embarrassed we didn’t see the joke coming.
Also yes, this is in fact the author’s own tweet. We feel no shame in using it since it received nearly 1,000 likes. 💁♀️