NASA’s Cassini Mission Set to the Music of Nine Inch Nails
More than a decade ago, Nine Inch Nails released the album Ghosts I-IV, their first independent release following their split from Interscope. It was also a Creative Commons licensed album that would see end users and listeners doing whatever the hell they wanted with what Trent Reznor described as “a soundtrack for daydreams.” This is what it looks like with NASA’s Cassini Mission set to the music of Nine Inch Nails.
A handful of years later, a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) would see the Cassini-Huygens mission launched with the goal of sending a probe to Saturn to study the planet and its system, including the rings and natural satellites. The entire project is incredibly fascinating–and we encourage you to read more about it on Wikipedia–but the important thing for our musical purposes is that one enterprising individual, Chris Abbas, chose to set the footage of the Cassini Mission to the music of Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails.
The end result is a film that’s as enthralling as it is jarring in its presentation of Saturn as a place we might someday want to visit while also portraying it with a sense of intrigue, mystique and otherworldly-ness because of the music. The short film is absolutely worth a watch.