Indie Band Broken Bells Will Help Save Us From Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Can music save us from asteroids? American Indie band Broken Bells certainly hope so. In fact, they're so wary of the threat posed by Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA's) that they're pledging to donate $1 of every ticket they sell for their upcoming tour, to the cause of PHA detection. To execute their plan, James Mercer and co. have teamed up with the not for profit organization, The B612 Foundation to help make their publicly funded PHA detection mission, Sentinel, a reality.
Boasting a Board that contains ex-NASA astronauts such as Rusty Shweickart (Apollo 9) and Ed Lu (ISS and multiple Space Shuttle flights), the B612 Foundation hopes to launch an advanced spacecraft that they believe will be able to detect up to 90% of the large asteroids (140m +) that currently exist in Earth's neighborhood. As well as detecting these larger asteroids, B612's Sentinel spacecraft will also detect and catalog a considerable number of smaller asteroids in what will be the most thorough mapping of near-Earth objects ever undertaken.
As well as donating $1 of every ticket purchased for their upcoming West coast tour, Broken Bells will also be performing a special show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on April 15th. The show, bookmarked by the band's Coachella appearances, will feature a rooftop after party with members of B612's illustrious founders circle also in attendance. How star-studded can a foundation like B612 possibly be, you ask? Well, their Strategic Advisors include author and astrophysicist David Brin, the legendary Freeman Dyson, and Peter Norvig of Google and NASA. So...yeah, pretty star-studded.
Of course, Broken Bells are no strangers to the world of space and science fiction. Their hit song 'Ghost Inside' was accompanied by a beautiful video starring Christina Hendricks traversing the depths of outer space (seen above), while the video for the band's 2013 hit 'After the Disco' was turned into a sci-fi short starring Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin. This musical familiarity with space and science fiction is echoed by Dr. Brian May's presence as a strategic advisor to the B612 Foundation. While May is most famous for his role in legendary rock band, Queen, many don't realize that May has held a lifelong interest in astrophysics and in 2007 the guitarist achieved a PHD in the field from Imperial College.
The B612 Foundation hopes to launch Sentinel's 6.5 year mission sometime between 2017 and 2018, which means if you want to help save the Earth from a potentially catastrophic asteroid strike, you can do so while enjoying some good music at the same time. Of course, the funds raised by the Broken Bells' ticket sales will be a huge help to the foundation, it is the band's spreading of B612's mission goals that will prove invaluable to the Foundation's success.
If you can't make it to a Broken Bells show, there's an even easier way to help the B612 Foundation out. You can click the link below and donate directly to them.