NASA’s InSight Lander safely landed on Mars and there is no doubt that it is a big achievement. Naturally, the credit for such an achievement goes to the entire team who made it possible. It is also quite understandable the amount of pride and happiness they felt when InSight touched the Red Planet. Also, the InSight Lander started beaming images from Mars that later gave rise to hilarious memes. However, keeping that aside, today we will talk about the ‘Mars landing handshake’ that caught everyone’s attention.
NASA shared the video from its newsroom showing how the InSight Lander team members were waiting in anticipation before the probe landed. You are probably eager to know about that ‘Mars landing handshake’ but before that here’s a treat for you. An image beamed by InSight Lander from Mars to Earth.
— NASAInSight (@NASAInSight) November 27, 2018
As NASA termed it, the InSight survived “seven minutes of terror” before it landed safely on the Red Planet. The team members consisting of scientists and engineers broke out in celebrations instantly. While most were shaking hands traditionally, there were two who gave a special touch to the celebration. See for yourself:
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— NASA (@NASA) November 27, 2018
ESPN correspondent Michele Steele soon tweeted that the ‘Mars landing handshake’ seemed like an homage to the 49ers players. They are an American Football team. She further stated that the football players Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne did a similar handshake after a touchdown. Here’s what she tweeted:
I was at the Chiefs game where @marquisegoodwin did this after a TD. NASA engineers celebrating the Mars touch down… one is actually a Chiefs fan but liked his celebration so much, she practiced for 6 weeks getting it right. Respect! pic.twitter.com/Wm4bGIGq9g
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) November 27, 2018
Later, the team also shared the said signature move tagging NASA on their Twitter handle.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 27, 2018
The handshake surely caught the attention of the netizens. Thankfully, they were all praises! Check out what the Twitterati said about this awesome ‘Mars landing handshake’.
They had that handshake planned and it was beautifully executed!
— Izzy (@IMCisneros) November 26, 2018
This handshake could be turned into a new dance!
— Joan Anderson (@JoanAnd41357096) November 26, 2018
@lebron feel like you might appreciate this teamwork!!
— judge (@dearjudge) November 26, 2018
#InSight Handshake should be called InSight
— BLuəf0x (@c_huffstetler) November 27, 2018
This handshake was top tier.
— Bounty Hunter (@OneCritWonder) November 26, 2018
If only I could be smart enough to work there. I’d love it.
— Juan 🇵🇷 🌊 (@jrivera64) November 27, 2018
Identified as members of the Jet Propulsion Lab, Brooke and Jean were the ones who came up with this crazy celebratory move. Later in an interview, they demonstrated the handshake again for others to learn. Also, they confirmed it is the same one that the ESPN correspondent spoke about. They also shared other interesting tit-bits. Here’s the video for you:
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) November 26, 2018
We think this ‘Mars landing handshake’ is super cool. Do you like it too? Why don’t you let us know in the comments below?