This epic NASA handshake was inspired by National Football League players

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NASA engineers celebrated InSight landing with NFL handshake

So for a NASA engineer, an elaborate handshake shouldn't be too hard, right?

After a six-month journey hurtling through space, NASA's InSight spacecraft landed on Mars on Monday to cheers and applause inside mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Now identified only as Brooke and Gene, the pair went viral for the move, which consisted of hand slaps, air punches, forearm bashes, shimmies, fist pumps, and finally, culminating in a high-five.

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The inspiration for the handshake, however, actually came from an National Football League game back in September. In the game, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin did the handshake with teammate Kendrick Bourne after scoring a third-quarter TD.

"We knew we were sitting together in the control room, and we thought it would be kind of fun just for the two of us", Brooke said.

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"(Goodwin) did it better than we did it", Gene said.

According to CNN, the two NASA engineers started planning the handshake approximately six weeks ago, studying every detail of Goodwin's and Bourne's handshake and practicing them to make sure everything was flawless once the InSight spacecraft landed on the red planet.

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