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Sometimes when you attend a space conference, you end up singing along to "A Whole New World."
In a twist that, truly, no one expected, performers surprised the crowd today (Oct. 21) at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, D.C. with show tunes, spoken word, dance and musical theater performance.
Opening - Ceremony - Program - Speeches - Presenters
In the opening ceremony of the program and then following speeches by presenters including International Astronautical Federation (IAF) President Jean-Yves Le Gall, performers surprised a room full of space enthusiasts, policymakers, members of the media, aerospace engineers and more with musical theater. The morning of fantastical song and dance preceded Vice President Mike Pence's address to the IAC crowd — a strange but delightful juxtaposition.
The performances included renditions of "A Whole New World," from the movie "Aladdin," "Aquarius" from the 1967 musical "Hair," "Giants in the Sky" from the 2014 musical film "Into the Woods," "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Shining Star" from the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and more by a quintet of performers from Broadway and a group of local highschoolers from the the Young Artists of America program.
Replay - Opening - Ceremony - Tweet - NASA
You can watch a replay of the opening ceremony above in a tweet from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
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