Broken Bells are helping to fund a project that will protect the earth from asteroids.
The band are set to donate $1 (60p) for every ticket sold on their upcoming tour of the West Coast of the US to the B612 Foundation’s Sentinel mission. The mission is backing a telescope which will search for asteroids that are flying dangerously close to the earth. Space.com reports that the private project will launch in 2018, and will find 90 per cent of asteroids larger than 140 metres – the size at which a rock could cause serious damage to the earth if it hit. The project is being helmed by former Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and physicist Ed Lu.
Following the band’s show in Los Angeles at the Fonda on April 15, the band will host an aftershow with the B612 Foundation that will feature telescopes set up by astronomers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The duo, comprised of The Shins‘ singer James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, released their second album, ‘After The Disco’, in February of this year. It follows their 2010 debut. Danger Mouse has also produced the forthcoming Black Keys album, ‘Turn Blue’, which is duo’s eighth album, and will be released on May 12.