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NASA engineer by day, DJ by night

By Rachael Sanders
Assistant News Editor

Mark BranchOver the weekend Saturday Science hosted a discussion with Mark Branch, an aerospace engineer by day, and DJ by night. Branch works as a group leader for the electromagnetic compatibility test group at NASA as well as a world-class DJ under the name DJ Scientific, and was featured on ABC as part of a series on people who lead double lives.

As part of his job at NASA, Branch travels to different schools and informs kids about the career possibilities within scientific and mathematical fields.

“When I used to talk to kids about NASA and everything, I used to think that I was talking over their heads, and then I said to myself, ‘How can I communicate better with them?’ And I said, ‘Why don’t you just start talking about the stuff you do [at night]?’ Branch said. “I connect with them because of the music that I play.”

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The Science of Deejaying

courtesy ABC News

No one ever said deejaying was rocket science, but for Washington D.C., native Mark Branch, the two are more closely related than one would ever imagine.

By day, Branch works as an aerospace engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., supervising electromagnetic compatibility and susceptibility tests on instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope.


Rocket Scientist & DJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. — By day, NASA aerospace engineer Mark Branch supervises electromagnetic compatibility and susceptibility tests on instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope.

At night and on weekends, he becomes DJ Scientific, trading in his spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes for a microphone, turntables and a mixer as he cranks hip-hop tunes at some of the Washington, D.C., area's hottest clubs as well as at NFL and NBA events.

"I may be the only rocket-scientist hip-hop DJ in the country," said Branch, 39, who holds degrees in engineering and engineering physics. "My colleagues at NASA find it hard to believe that I spend my nights deejaying at nightclubs. The people I meet at the clubs can't believe that by day I supervise people testing instruments for satellites."


World Space Party Draws Hundreds to NASA Goddard

To celebrate the anniversary of mankind's first foray into space and the first space shuttle flight, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center teamed with nonprofit Space Generation Advisory Council to host a world space party on April 12.

Throughout the evening, more than 750 patrons joined in on the celebration at the Goddard Visitor Center between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. The event commemorated major milestones in space history and the current and future accomplishments of NASA.

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Yuri's Night 08

Groove to live music from the popular local band, the Cassettes or DJ Scientifics' hip hop infused beats. Jump in our Moon Bounce. Kick back with a NASA rocket scientist. Climb in a Mercury Capsule. Check out the ultimate disco ball, the Science on a Sphere Exhibit. Chill out in the glow of extrasolar planets.

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