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Interns at NASA's Johnson Space Center produced a parody of the popular 'Gangnam Style' video. The parody has drawn more than 2.7 million views on YouTube.

Sick of Korean rapper PSY's  "Gangnam Style" video yet?  If so, you might want to click away now -- but NASA's parody version appears to be paying PR dividends for the space agency.

The video produced by Johnson Space Center Pathway interns, called “NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody),” was shot at several JSC facilities and features astronauts as well as interns.  Posted to NASA's YouTube channel on Dec. 14, it has drawn nearly 2.7 million views, and mentions in the Los Angeles Times, the popular BoingBoing blog and elsewhere.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said the video serves a valuable educational purpose, but he acknowledged that not everyone in the NASA community gets it.

“I get a lot of notes from my friends from the Apollo era who say we're lost, we don't know what we're doing,” the Los Angeles Times quoted Bolden as saying at a Dec. 20 event. “And after one of them saw this YouTube video, they were completely convinced we are really messed up.”

 

Posted by Troy K. Schneider on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM


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Reader comments

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 John Denver

This is just good marketing. I want to be a rocket scientist...chill out and get with the program dusty!

Wed, Jan 2, 2013

Who is Gangnam?

Wed, Jan 2, 2013

OMG This is where our government space funds are going now? We will never return to space....

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