We were all excited when the incredibly complex (some might even say over-engineered) entry decent and landing scheme for the Curiosity’s arrival on Mars resulted in a successful touchdown last week. The hugs and cheers seen on the NASA JPL feed were echoed at dozens of Curiosity parties that were happening simultaneously all across the country. The buzz for the landing was so high that it even turned Curiosity’s Flight Director and resident “mohawk guy,” Bobak Ferdowsi, into an Internet sensation. But some people were even more psyched by the landing, psyched enough to turn LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” into a new anthem for NASA and the team at JPL. Oh come on, it’s not that bad. At least they didn’t use “Call Me Maybe.”
It’s catchy, it’s entertaining, it’s even got dancing robot bikini babes, Voguing and mohawks. Now I dare you to go all day without singing, “This is how I rove, bakin’ red rocks in my nuclear stove.” I only wish that they had found a way to work “wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle, yeah” in there, but then again I suppose that would have been too ridiculous.
The only thing that leaves a sour taste in my mouth is the completely unnecessary shot at SpaceX near the end of the song. SpaceX doesn’t make rockets for interplanetary missions or robotic rovers. SpaceX is too busy trying to make the next era of human spaceflight possible, and they don’t spend billions of tax payer dollars to do it, so my inner nerd cringes a little bit at the comparison. But if you can look past that, it is a cute tribute to a really tough and successful landing.