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NASA Has Joined Pinterest and GIPHY, and Yes, Its Memes Are Dank

Rockets, and rovers, and planets, oh my.

by Becky Ferreira
Dec 8 2016, 6:26pm

Concept animation of NASA's Orion spacecraft. GIF: NASA Johnson

It's finally here; the moment we've all been waiting for. On Thursday, NASA set up official GIPHY and Pinterest accounts, thereby flooding the internet with high-quality space porn. Say goodbye to productivity, and welcome the new, improved, and gifable cosmos.

NASA's presence on social sites like GIPHY and Pinterest is crucial for public outreach, sure, but it also offers a way for space science to get in on the power of memeification. GIFS are practically their own kinetic language at this point, and by becoming fluent, NASA has tapped into the internet's insatiable appetite for dank memes. The next time I want to describe TFW or feel the need to SMDH about something, it's good to know the world's leading spaceflight agency has my back.

READ MORE: The Unstoppable Social Power of the GIF

There are currently 462 files on the agency's GIPHY page, which offers a great range of space content, rocket launches, animated models, concept art, and celebratory moments in NASA's history. We rounded up our ten favorite clips and went all Buzzfeed with the captions. Enjoy.

Jupiter: Still gorgeous AF at 4.5 billion years old.

TFW you think you pulled off a photogenic expression for the camera, but in the final picture, you look insane.

There's nothing like debuting a new move on the dancefloor. Strut your stuff, Mars InSight.

To the tune of "2 Become 1" by the Spice Girls.

This Spirit Mars rover operator is the NASA edition of Jim Halpert (or Tim Canterbury for BBC purists).

This balloon experiment, which NASA used to teach students about Newtonian physics, is the most adorable version of daring mighty things we have ever seen.

Panda sneezes have gone viral. Why not comet sneezes?

This concept animation of the deployment sequence of Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite Systems (CYGNSS) makes the list because of its reminiscence to Darth Vader's Lambda-class T-4a shuttle. Also, it kind of looks like the spacecraft is pulling an orbital version of this guy: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

*Record scratch* *Freeze frame* Yup, that's me—the Horsehead Nebula. So, you're probably wondering how I got myself into this situation…

TFW Earth is a fragile blue oasis in the midst of a vast, inhospitable universe.

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