Watch George Clinton’s P-Funk Mothership Get Reassembled For The Smithsonian

During the 1970s and early 1980s, George Clinton—the flamboyant singer, songwriter and mastermind behind the funk, soul and rock collective Parliament-Funkadelic—launched dozens of chart-topping songs, including “Flash Light,” “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Atomic Dog.” However, his greatest hit was perhaps the P-Funk Mothership, an alien spacecraft stage prop that whizzed over screaming crowds at his stadium concerts and played a central role in cementing Clinton’s legacy as one of music’s most eccentric—and trailblazing—artists.

The Mothership landed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2011 after Kevin Strait, project historian for the museum, acquired it to anchor the museum’s inaugural “Musical Crossroads” exhibition. Under the direction of Bernie Walden, a former stage and lighting designer for Parliament-Funkadelic, the Mothership was recently reassembled and videotaped in all of its galactic glory.