NASA Handshake Celebration For Mars Landing Is NFL-Inspired

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It turns out the brilliant handshake performed by NASA engineers after a successful landing on Mars was inspired by NFL players from the San Francisco 49ers.
From CNN:

After the InSight lander’s successful touchdown Monday on the surface of Mars, mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, erupted in wild cheers. Then a pair of engineers broke out with an intricate handshake that set the internet on fire.
The engineers — ID’d only as Brooke and Gene in a tweet from NASA — ran through an energetic series of hand slaps, followed by air punches, forearm bashes, shimmy shakes, fist pumps and finally a hearty high-five.
The inspiration for this Pro Bowl-worthy handshake came from an NFL game back in September between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. In the game, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin did the handshake with teammate Kendrick Bourne after scoring a third-quarter TD.

Hmm, guess it turns out that NASA nerds do dabble in the sports world. Just when you figure NASA engineers were playing PS4 & blowing up things in a field behind their house it turns out they are watching for the same sort of stuff I’m watching for during a football game.
Now, let’s see more of this stuff out of NASA engineers. I’d like to see one of them make it rain after a Mars landing. One guy just throwing fake space dust into the air like he’s LeBron or something. Really spice up that NASA channel I have on my cable box. I’d watch.

Let’s check in with Marquise Goodwin to see what he thinks of this news:


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