courtesy NASAJPL

In an attempt to bring space to the public, NASA hired Brooklyn–based firm StudioKCA to create a structure at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., for visitors to interact with the sounds and trajectories of 19 currently orbiting satellites. 

The pavilion, inspired by the conch shell and its sound of the sea, is comprised of 72 perforated aluminum panels, each measuring six feet wide by 25 feet across. The spiraling shape is designed to reduce outside sounds and amplify the sounds within the structure. 

After partnering with Shane Myrbeck, a sound artist and acoustic engineer at Arup, the team assigned each satellite to its own sound, ranging from trickling water to tonal noises​. Inside the pavilion is an array of speakers that are programmed to play the recorded sounds. Each sound is really just an interpretation of the spacecrafts, which are normally silent. The typical 90 minute orbit of satellites is also condensed down to five minutes to create a whirling sensation. But, the point remains: satellites are spinning in orbit at all times, even if we can't see them.

To read more about the pavilion, visit Fast Company.

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