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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > Duran Duran (Sept 2019) > 2019: a space odyssey

2019: a space odyssey

With a name inspired by a cult sci-fi movie and a debut single titled Planet Earth, Duran Duran were uniquely qualified for this NASA-themed celebration

July 16, 2019: The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch to take Neil Armstrong’s crew to the moon. It’s quite a big deal for NASA, who have a gala event planned at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where Buzz Aldrin, David Scott, Charles Duke and all the other surviving astronauts to have walked on the moon will be reunited.

There will also be a performance in the rocket garden at the Center. As the name implies, rockets from NASA’s Apollo, Mercury and Gemini missions are dotted around the garden like giants’ toys, a reminder of mankind’s greatest feats of the era. Over there, it’s the Mercury-Redstone 3, in which in 1961 Alan Shepard became the first American astronaut to complete a space flight.

If you want entertainment worthy of such an awe-inspiring sight, in every sense you’re going to have to reach for the stars. Anyone got Duran Duran’s number? They’re perfectly suited. Not only are they one of the most forward-thinking, megaselling pop bands of all time, but they’ve got spiritual ties to NASA. The clues were there straight away in debut single Planet Earth that space travel might appeal to Duran Duran.

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