The Space Symposium will get off to a rockin’ start this year when Grammy nominated band SmashMouth will perform during its opening ceremony.

Held annually at The Broadmoor, the Space Symposium is a gathering of international and national aerospace, government and aeronautical experts.

The opening ceremony kicks off April 8 and lasts four days, typically selling out rooms around the city. More than 9,000 people attend the symposium annually.

The opening ceremony includes awards for technology in education, public outreach, space achievement and space exploration.

Collectively, the band Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Its songs include the number one hits “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star,” as well as “Then the Morning Comes, Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” and a cover of The Monkees classic “I’m a Believer.”

Returning for 2013 will be the New Generation Space Leaders Program for young, up-and-coming space professionals, age 35 and younger. The Space Symposium is offered in conjunction with a separate Space Foundation conference, Cyber 1.3, to be held during the day on April 8, immediately preceding the Space Symposium’s opening ceremony.

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