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PACE Mission Enlists the United States Marine Band for Acoustic Testing Fanfare

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Now fully assembled, the PACE spacecraft nears completion of its final environmental tests at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. These tests ensure the spacecraft can survive the rigors of launch and orbit. PACE mission Systems Engineer Gary Davis enlisted the help of the United States Marine Band to see if musicians can match the acoustic levels the spacecraft is subjected to during testing.

The Marine Band didn't quite match the same sound levels PACE withstood, but made a different lasting impression… the musicians composed a fanfare for PACE's journey.


  • "Eternal Hope," "Power of Night," Universal Production Music
  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Composed by Richard Strauss, Performed by the United States Marine Band
  • "PACE Fanfare," Composed by Gunnery Sergeant Scott Ninmer, Performed by the United States Marine Band

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