Send a song or your face into space with NASA’s final shuttle missions
Wednesday 25 August 2010
For the first time, NASA, the US government's National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which oversees the space program, has asked the public to write original music for astronauts' wake-up calls or to suggest a favorite for the last two scheduled space shuttle missions.
The program, called 'Space Rock,' allows people to choose a song for the space shuttle Flight 133 or to upload their own for consideration on Flight 134 - the final space shuttle.
Traditionally selections are made by friends and family of the crews. This time, the two songs from a top 40 list that receive the most votes will be played as crew wake-up calls on the last flight of space shuttle Discovery, Flight 133, the launch of which is planned for November 1.
A visit to the ‘Wakeup Song Contest' website allows users to choose from a list of the top 40 previous wake-up calls. To vote or submit a song, visit: https://songcontest.nasa.gov/
Original compositions will be selected for the final space shuttle Endeavour STS-134, scheduled to launch on February 26, 2011. Entries must have a space theme and be uploaded to NASA by 6 pm EST on January 10, 2011.
After screening, the top selections will be posted for the public vote on February 8, 2011.
The most popular choices constitute a diverse list of songs including: U2's "Beautiful Day," Train's "Drops of Jupiter," "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra, Cake's "The Distance," "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty's "Learning To Fly," Elton John's "Rocket Man," and the theme from Star Trek.
Flight 134 and the final shuttle flight of Endeavour will deliver spare parts including antennas, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields and a cosmic particle detector that utilizes the first ever superconducting magnet to be flown in space.
The STS-134 crew members Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Gregory H. Johnson will be joined by European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori and others.
In addition, the song contest campaign follows NASA's ongoing "Face in Space" project allowing the public to send electronic images of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions. Submit your image: http://faceinspace.nasa.gov/
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins
Sherlock series 4: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have to be 'persuaded' to return, says Steven Moffat
London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'
Oldest footage of London landmarks released
A victory for gender equality on the high seas
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove