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VIRAL: ‘Mars Landing Handshake’ Of Two NASA Team Members Is The Coolest Thing On The Internet

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

When NASA’s InSight probe safely landed on Mars the big achievement sparked an epic celebration at the space organization’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. One of the moment from the celebration is now going viral. After InSight survived “seven minutes of terror” to touch down safely, engineers and scientists broke out into hugs and greetings. However, celebratory handshake with fist bumps and dabs shared between two officers are now breaking the internet. It stood out also due to the absolute silence of scientists and engineers inside Mission Control, even after the successful landing.

Watch the moment here:

 Twitterati spotted the handshake and started talking about it online:

A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet on Monday, November 26 after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued atmosphere.

WATCH: The Exact Moment NASA's InSight Spacecraft Lands On Mars After A Six-month Journey

The three-legged InSight spacecraft reached the surface after being slowed by a parachute and braking engines, the space agency said. Updates were coming in via radio signals that take more than eight minutes to cross the nearly 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) between Mars and Earth.

It was NASA's ninth attempt to land at Mars since the 1976 Viking probes. All but one of the previous U.S. touchdowns were successful. NASA last landed on Mars in 2012 with the Curiosity rover.

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