Why Russia's Mars Probe Failed; Lady Gaga Reminds Madonna of Someone

Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: the Phobos-Grunt space probe is hurtling towards earth for a Sunday arrival, Madonna is going to criticize Lady Gaga on 20/20 tonight, and Jimmy Fallon uses Tebowmania as an excuse to sing like David Bowie.

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We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your fiveminutes (or less) of attention. Today: the Phobos-Grunt space probe is hurtling towards earth for a Sunday arrival, Madonna is going to criticize Lady Gaga on 20/20 tonight, and Jimmy Fallon uses Tebowmania as an excuse to sing like David Bowie.

Madonna is not a fan of Lady Gags lifting her entire public persona, something she's could never actually say, because it would violate the Famous Person Code. So instead, she's going to go on 20/20 tonight and say that "Born This Way" is "reductive" and sounds "very familiar." This is how Madonna has to call people: on Friday night, on a news magazine, in a roundabout fashion. It's a reminder that not being famous has some nice perks. [ABC]

Phobos Grunt, the failed Russian Mars probe, is slated to crash land somewhere on Earth on Sunday. Where? Nobody knows. The latest prediction from Russia's space agency is that it will land somewhere in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands, which is a change from Thursday's projection that splash down would happen off the northwestern shore of Madagascar, Meanwhile, the AFP notes that in truth it could land anywhere on earth south of London. This is a problem, and not just because it's a giant piece of metal space junk zooming towards earth: it's also carrying tons of toxic chemicals like hydrazine. With that in mind, here's a dry, unhysterical look at what went wrong with the project.   [Space.com]

Why did Jimmy Fallon write a parody of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" about Tim Tebow. Unclear! But even the most stone-faced Fallon skeptic is going to have trouble resisting the performance's charms. That could have more to do with Bowie than it does Fallon or the quarterback of the Denver Broncos [NBC]


Say what you will about David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the oil-drenched, Bond-esque title sequence was weird, loud, and phenomenal. And now there's a behind-the-scenes look at how it was produced. (They used computers.)  [Wired]


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