We’ve equipped Mars with a laser. Our latest rover there, called Curiosity, actually shoots fricken laser beams from its head. How cool is that?
Is there a scientific purpose in aiming the rover’s laser at Earth and detecting the flash here? I think there must be. We could use it as confirmation that SETI’s laser detection scheme from a distant solar system would be viable. I seriously hope NASA is prepared to conduct this experiment.
Make sure the laser doesn’t zap a part of the rover itself. MAA doesn’t cover self inflicted LASER damage.
If Martians sent us a mobile, nuclear powered robot that shoots fricken laser beams from its fricken head, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be as gracious as they’ve been so far.