Boy-band music stars One Direction launched a new music video last week — a large part of which was filmed at Ellington Airport (EFD).
Parts of the video — for the release of a new song titled “Drag Me Down” — were shot at the NASA hangar and ramp area at EFD used to house the NASA T-38 aircraft jets that are used by astronauts to train for spaceflight, as well as at the Sonny Carter Facility at EFD, and the Johnson Space Center.
The popular group — now a foursome of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne — were on location Aug. 6 and can be seen in the video in NASA space suits and aboard the NASA WB-57 high altitude research aircraft, a specialized aircraft that is used for high atmosphere research work. The group also filmed in a full scale replica of the Orion spacecraft, NASA’s vehicle in development for crewed missions to deep space.
One Direction is an English-Irish pop boy band based in London. The group signed with for American Idol judge Simon Cowell's Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction's four albums, Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014) topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", "Story of My Life" and "Steal My Girl".
Their achievements include five Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, eleven MTV Europe Music Awards, and nineteen Teen Choice Awards out of nineteen nominations, among many others. After the release of Four, One Direction became the first band in the U.S. Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one.
the video debuted last week and can be seen below