NASA Does the ‘Harlem Shake’ [Video]

The “Harlem Shake” rush reached NASA’s Mission Control.

After gaining its viral success on YouTube the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer has now been spoofed by employees at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The video producers put their own NASA-like spin on the Ferbruary’s most popular and most recognizable song.

“So you think you’re having a nominal countdown when all of a sudden…” the NASA producers wrote as a teaser when it went live Monday (March 4).

The 35-second video starts in a launch control room when a young woman in a spacesuit enters and starts dancing in front of the camera.

When the song picks up, everyone in the room suddenly appear to be dressed in costume and dancing to the song, just as everybody do in “Harlem Shake” videos.

The Wallops Flight Facility, based on Wallops Island on the Virginia coast, is the center of NASA’s sounding rocket and balloon science programs.

“The Wallops video spoof comes on the heels of many different videos paying homage to the electronica sensation,” Mashable reports.

“The cast from “The Today Show,” “The Simpsons” and “The Daily Show” have produced half-minute versions of the song and dance, as well as the entire lineup of the Miami Heat basketball team. In the Heat’s version, oddly, there is actually a team member dancing in a spacesuit, while wearing mask of a horse head instead of helmet.”

By the way, this parody video is not NASA’s first one to make. Students from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston shot a “NASA Gangnam Style” video trying to copy the hit music video by South Korean rapper Psy which burst the Internet last year.

To mark the landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity on the Red Planet, NASA employees from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. parodied LMFAO’s song “Sexy and I Know It” with the tamer “We’re NASA and We Know It.”

NASA’s Harlem Shake goes two weeks after LeBron James in a king’s costume together with his mates from the Miami Heat made their own version of the famous video.

LeBron James wrote on his Twitter on Thursday and introduced the video—and throw another tongue-in-cheek jab at Dwyane Wade’s “W.O.W” nickname in the process:

“A King James and @DwyaneWade aka W.O.W productions.  http://gohe.at/HEATHarlemShake

It was filmed in Miami’s locker room, with James saying it was a “King James and Dwyane Wade” production.

“In life u gotta figure out how to have fun and enjoy it. Hope y’all enjoy,” Chalmers wrote on Twitter.

The Heat’s version opens inside the locker room with Chris “Birdman” Andersen flapping his wings around slowly as his teammates stretch.

Once the cut hits, a shirtless James is wearing a king’s crown and robe and going ballistic.

Chris Bosh is rocking a cowboy hat, Mario Chalmers is dressed as Super Mario, Wade is wearing a giant bear’s head, and there’s a sombrero, a rainbow afro, a rolling bin, a Kris Kross outfit, a fireman’s hat, and a Phantom of the Opera mask to top it off.

It may be a couple weeks late, but this is well played, Miami Heat. Well played, indeed.

“Harlem Shake” has sat atop Billboard’s “Hot 100″ songs for the past two weeks, thanks in large part to the song’s viral takeover.

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