‘Drag Me Down’ Video Gets A Science Lesson And Love From NASA

One Direction surprised their fans on Friday, Aug. 21, by premiering the music video for their new single “Drag Me Down.” The video features the four remaining boys training at NASA.

One Direction debuted their first music video without Zayn Malik, who departed from the band in March. “Drag Me Down” shows the guys getting into hijinks as they train inside the NASA facilities in the United States. The video shows each of the guys training to be an astronaut so they can launch a rocket into space. The video is a far-fetched thought, but “Drag Me Down” was enough to make fans happy.

As previously reported via the Inquisitr, the music video received over 1 million views on YouTube and over 3 million tweets on Twitter. It even caused the hashtag #DragMeDownMusicVideo to trend on the popular social networking site.

Now fans can get a science lesson from the video, thanks to a recent report via The Verge. The staff’s space and science experts explained everything that took place in the “Drag Me Down” music video.

Sorry fans, but the boys didn’t launch a real rocket. According to Loren Grush, the video producers took the footage from the following NASA video that was made last year. The video shows the Orion crew capsule launching the rocket into space. According to the source, the Orion is the chosen vehicle that transports astronauts to Mars.

The actual rocket launch, however, is a 3D rendering of the Delta IV launch.

“The Delta IV is a rocket operated by the United Launch Alliance, which is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. NASA is hard at work at its next big-a**-rocket-that-could-take-us-to-Mars-or-probably-just-the-Moon, which is called the Space Launch System.”

As for the robot that Harry Styles hung out with before the rocket launch? Well, it’s an actual robot used in NASA.

“That’s Robonaut 2. It’s a humanoid robot designed to help out the astronauts on the International Space Station. A version of Robonaut 2 is up in space right now, but One Direction only got to hang out with the one stuck here on Earth.”

In addition, Liam Payne was seen sweating and working out on an exercise bike and treadmill, much to the delight of his fans. The reason why he was seen busting a sweat is because astronauts have to do a lot of cardio before they go to space since there’s no gravity there.

“Astronauts have to do a TON of cardio. Space doesn’t have gravity, so you lose bone and muscle mass much faster than you do on Earth. If you don’t exercise, your muscles can atrophy.”

NASA has responded to One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” music video. In fact, they have nothing but love for the music video. They love that the video is inspiring their young fans – mostly teenage women – to become astronauts, cinematographers, and rocket scientists. NASA even shared their support for “Drag Me Down” on Twitter.

NASA has also been busy teaching Directioners about the Astro Robot and the Rover.

What are your thoughts on One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” music video? Do you think it was a great learning experience? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

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