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International Observe the Moon Night: NASA’s LRO mission presents ‘The Moon and More’


International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) was celebrated on October 8 this year with multiple events happening across the globe and marking this year’s public event NASA’s LRO mission released song and music video, entitled “The Moon and More”.

InOMN is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration, as well as the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor.

While there have been many events around the world including this one at Western University, NASA decided to do something special. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland collaborated with singer/songwriter Matt Cusson and Javier Colon — season one winner of NBC’s “The Voice” — on a new song inspired by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission entitled “The Moon and More”. The video focuses on the inspirational nature of studying the moon — the cornerstone to learning more about the solar system — and how LRO has ushered in a new era of lunar science.

“I wanted to create a unique production for the LRO mission that centered around music as a way to engage kids, parents and educators,” said NASA Goddard video producer David Ladd. “A major focus was also to convey an important and encouraging message to kids, particularly children of color—that nothing is beyond their reach. You can achieve the goals you set and take yourself to places you never thought possible — just as NASA has done in going back to the moon with LRO and its continued journey into the solar system.”

“This project brought me back to when I was a kid watching NASA launch the shuttle missions,” Colon said. “Every kid at some point wants to fly, and I think that dream has a lot to do with NASA’s exploration of space and discoveries.”

Cusson added that it was great to work with NASA and feels honoured being able to offer his skills and music and put together science and music. [Check out the video below]

Since its launch on June 18, 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has collected a vast amount of data, contributing to our knowledge about Earth’s moon. The LRO mission team believes “The Moon and More” will have a lasting impact.

“A number of us working on LRO have had something inspire us to pursue careers in science and engineering,” said LRO Deputy Project Scientist Noah Petro at Goddard. “This video serves as an opportunity to inspire future generations to follow their dreams into the sciences or the arts.”

Filming locations included the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York; the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford; the Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut; and the “Living on Mars” mural in the Bronx, New York. The mural is a collaboration between NASA and CITYarts, Inc., a non-profit public art organization.