Twitter is often a horrible grouse-fest of political anger and trolling. But on Monday, tweeters put their venom aside asbrought out the best of the medium.
The InSight mission, launched on May 5, 2018, touched down successfully, to the relief of millions. The mission will study the early evolution of terrestrial planets, NASA says.
The recorded reaction in NASA’s control room inspired many of the tweets.
Deadspin columnist and author Drew Magary wrote, “Every day should include video footage of a control room filled with scientists somewhere erupting in joy.”
Two NASA workers delivered an on-camera handshake that soared to new levels of complexity.
One NASA worker shot to the head of the class with his classy hat.
Naturally, the first photo snapped by NASA InSight drew plenty of attention, even if it wasn’t quite clear what we were looking at.
Actually, the photo shows part of the lander and what is likely a collection of dust particles clinging to a dust cover over the camera — but Twitter users quickly compared the image to everything from a chocolate pudding parfait to “Guinness in a dirty glass.”
The mission itself has a very personal Twitter account, @NasaInSight, which gives a voice to the expedition. So far, the mission has explained the reason for its hazy first photo (a lens cover that will later be removed), thanked Vice-President Mike Pence for his congratulations, and happily declared Mars its new home.