The International Space Orchestra is the self proclaimed first orchestra of space scientists. Based at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA – the “planet-poking and bluegrass-playing” group is comprised of science nerds from Ames, SETI, Singularity University and the International Space University.
The ensemble recently performed a stage opera inspired by control rooms that was set in front of the world’s largest win tunnel, 40 x 80 foot tunnel of the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex. This performance was the climax of the above documentary which premiered earlier this year at the Rotterdam Film Festival.
Int’l Space Orchestra is not the the first musical ensemble to come out of NASA’s gates. Johnson Space Center is home to Max Q, the astronaut rock band. There is a great number of musician astronauts that have performed from the ISS- most notably Chris Hatfield and Cady Coleman.