A Space-Themed Band from London Just Rocked Out with NASA's Shuttle Enterprise in NYC

NEW YORK — Last night (Sept. 20), London-based band Public Service Broadcasting performed its beloved album "The Race for Space" underneath NASA's space shuttle Enterprise in honor of NASA's 60th anniversary

The band has cultivated an international fan base with music inspired by science and spaces. On top of heavy, danceable drum parts and delightful, choppy instrumentals , the band adds "lead vocals" that are usually either prerecorded and played live or sampled from historical films and footage. 

The band played to a crowd of adoring fans underneath the Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museumm's Space Shuttle Pavilion. Fans sported sT-shirts reading, "I believe in progress," inspired by the band's song "Progress." Music and visuals that played behind the band throughout the night entranced the audience. Footage from the era of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite, and clips dug out of historical archives ran on a screen behind the band during its set. [Photos: A Space Shuttle Called 'Enterprise']

Under NASA's space shuttle Enterprise, aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, the London-based sampling band Public Service Broadcasting played a number of space-themed songs for a crowd of adoring fans. (Image credit: Chelsea Gohd/Space.com)

This performance is part of the hseventh annual Space & Science Festival, which takes place at the Intrepid Museum Sept 20-23. The festival features a number of events, including appearances by special guests like astronaut Sunita Williams and even a Space.com booth (available on Sept. 22 and 23), where visitors will be able to build Alka-Seltzer rockets, as well as enter a free giveaway for a chance to win a Celestron telescope. 

A whole host of events will celebrate NASA's 60th anniversary. The space agency officially reaches six decades on Oct. 1, 2018, and you can keep up with the anniversary events here.

To learn more about the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Space & Science Festival, you can visit intrepidmuseum.org. You can also keep up with all the Space & Science Festival fun on social media using the hashtag #SpaceSciFest. 

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Chelsea Gohd
Senior Writer

Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd joined Space.com in 2018 and is now a Senior Writer, writing about everything from climate change to planetary science and human spaceflight in both articles and on-camera in videos. With a degree in Public Health and biological sciences, Chelsea has written and worked for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine and Live Science. When not writing, editing or filming something space-y, Chelsea "Foxanne" Gohd is writing music and performing as Foxanne, even launching a song to space in 2021 with Inspiration4. You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd and @foxannemusic.