VIDEO: We’re NASA and We Know It (Mars Curiosity)

The most delightfully nerdy thing I’ve seen in a long time. If you’re familiar with the planet Mars and the Mission to it and the Curiosity rover that landed on it, you’re probably also familiar with the Mohawk Meme stemming from the NASA employee caught on video being awesome.

Well, building on the success of the mission and the extra publicity from the meme, the NASA nerds have decided to bask in the glory of science and be the umpteenth group to parody LMFAO‘s Sexy and I Know it.

Some notable references from the video:

Neil deGrasse Tyson

An American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of theHayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS and has been a frequent guest on The Daily ShowThe Colbert ReportReal Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. It was announced on August 5, 2011, that Tyson will be hosting a new sequel to Carl Sagan’sCosmos: A Personal Voyage television series. (SOURCE)

Carl Sagan:

American astronomer and science writer. A popular and influential figure in the United States, he was also controversial in scientific, political, and religious circles for his views on extraterrestrial intelligence, nuclear weapons, and religion. (SOURCE)

SpaceX:

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, is a space transport company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur Elon Musk. It has developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles, both of which were from conception designed with a goal of eventually becoming reusable. SpaceX also developed theDragon spacecraft to be flown into orbit by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, initially transporting cargo and later planned to carry humans. On 25 May 2012, SpaceX made history as the world’s first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to theInternational Space Station. (SOURCE)

Curiosity rover

The Curiosity rover is a robotic, car-sized rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars. The Curiosity Mars rover carries a radioisotope-powered mobile scientific laboratory and is part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission by the United States. (SOURCE)

 

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