2012: The Year of the NASA Parody Video


Video courtesy of ReelNASA

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true, NASA, and those that follow the space agency’s efforts, have flattered many hit songs from 2012. South Korean rapper PSY, LMFAO, and Melbourne Metro have all had their tracks modified to tell the NASA story.

By far the most successful of the 2012 parodies was the remake of PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” which was reworked to become “NASA Johnson Style.” The parody included more than a few of NASA’s astronauts, officials, and scientists dancing and appearing in the video.


Video courtesy of Satire

If there is a runner-up in terms of the most-liked NASA parody video, it would probably be “We’re NASA and We Know It,” a knock off of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It.”

The last (in terms of chronology it is actually the “middle child”) of these videos, “Cool Things to Find,” was a remake of Melbourne Metro’s “Dumb Way to Die.” This video coincided with the hullabaloo about what the Curiosity rover had found on Mars (which turned out to be very little).


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2012 saw three of these videos released. Given their popularity, there can be little doubt that 2013 will see more than its fair share of these parody videos as well.


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