U2 + NASA?: Band And Space Agency Create Collaborative Video
NASA and U2 have released a commemorative video clip – highlighting a year’s worth of collaboration both in space and the U2 360 Tour.
U2 approached NASA with an idea to include a dialogue between themselves and the crew of the International Space Station in the U2 360 show. NASA astronauts spoke with U2 several times before recording a video segment that U2 incorporated into their concert.
The Expedition crew members include; NASA astronaut Mike Barratt, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bob Thirsk, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Roman Romanenko.
Commander Frank De Winne, and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko attended the U2 show in Moscow on August 25 and met with the band before the show. Speaking onstage in Houston last year Bono said, ‘These are the very best people in the world – dedicated to figuring how our little planet exists in this cosmos we call home.’
‘Working with U2 is atypical for NASA,’ said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Operations. ‘By combining their world tour with the space station’s out-of-this-world mission, more people – and different people than our normal target audiences – learned about the International Space Station and the important work we are doing in orbit.’
U2.com created the video clip and presented it to NASA so as to document the collaboration between the band and the space agency.