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The San Francisco 49ers may be 2-9 this year, but that doesn’t mean no one has been watching them.
After NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of Mars on Monday, two engineers, Brooke Harper and Gene Bonfiglio, celebrated with a handshake that may look a little familiar to 49ers fans.
Harper, a Chiefs fan, said they copied the celebration between 49ers receivers Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne after Goodwin scored a touchdown against her Chiefs in Week 3.
“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,” she said. “We saw something that we liked from a previous game, and we kind of mimicked it.”
Bonfiglio, a Patriots fan, said it took them weeks to perfect the handshake.
“We started practicing it and kind of breaking down the film about five to six weeks ago,” he said. “We had to actually film it in slow motion so we could watch it and break it down.”
The InSight lander is designed to drill into the surface of Mars to help scientists study the planet’s interior.
It took the lander sixth months to reach Mars, and was the first craft to land on the red planet since NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down in 2012.
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