Max Q (astronaut band)

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Max Q on stage: guitar player Dan Burbank and drummer Jim Wetherbee (2004)

Max Q[1] is a Houston-based rock band whose members are all astronauts. It was formed in early 1987 by Robert L. Gibson, George Nelson and Brewster Shaw. Gibson named the band after max q, the engineering term for the maximum dynamic pressure from the atmosphere experienced by an ascending spacecraft. He joked that like the Space Shuttle, the band "makes lots of noise but no music."

The band's rotating line-up often changes due to flight crew assignments, training, and the occasional retirement.[1] Current members include:[1]

Former members include:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Max Q Live: In space no one can hear you sing, Michael Cassutt, Air & Space Magazine, 1 March 2009, accessed 5 April 2010