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/
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