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Our 5 Favorite Super Bowl Commercials with a Space Twist

Even the Super Bowl had something for space fans. Quite a few advertisers used the glory of outer space to their advantage last night (Feb. 1) during the big game.

In an ad for Doritos, for example, a kid figures out a particularly inventive way to make a pig fly: strapping it to a rocket:

Pepsi's halftime intro included some aliens that really, really like the soft drink:

And this commercial from Mophie (a cell phone charging company) features a kind of horrifying shot of an astronaut hurling through space untethered after God's phone runs out of juice:

An NFL ad depicted a happier view of life in space with astronauts on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station cheering for their chosen football team:

This year's Super Bowl was also a chance for production companies to reveal new trailers for many of the much-anticipated movies of 2015. One of those movies is "Tomorrowland" — a Disney film with a spacey theme. Check out the new trailer below:

If you want to check out all of the 2015 Super Bowl commercials, head over to the NFL website: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/49/commercials#video=0ap3000000466651

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Miriam Kramer
Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a staff writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also serves as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. You can follow Miriam on Twitter and Google+.