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Space rock: Vote for the new NASA wake-up song

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Like most of us, NASA astronauts have to wake up and get to work—even when they’re in space. So NASA is running a contest to select two new wake-up songs for the STS-134 shuttle crew when it’s at the International Space Station. The winners will be announced and played during the next shuttle mission (NASA’s second to last shuttle flight), set to launch on April 29.

NASA has asked for music suggestions before, but this time the public is voting for one song from a list of 10 finalists chosen by the agency among 1,350 entries. All the cuts are original compositions from independent songwriters. You can hear all 10 pieces on the voting page, and read a short paragraph about each singer-songwriter and what inspired him or her to write the song. Titles range from "Rocket Scientist" to "Spacing Out." The voting is open until launch day.

Let’s hope the Endeavour astronauts like the winning tunes, especially if the songs get stuck in their heads. I wonder if zero gravity can help remedy that situation. 

Image courtesy of NASA via Wikimedia Commons





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  1. 1. BoRon 2:52 pm 04/7/2011

    It’s good to stimulate public interest in space. But with a funding crisis, it’d be great if there were more blogs and articles related to the actual science being done.

    The public needs to know that Hubble is much more than pretty pictures. One good daily blog that consolidated results from the ISS, Hubble, Mars orbiter, and others would hopefully pique some interest and show results to justify the few dollars we’re each taxed for it. I’m willing to search out the many web sites. Not that many average people have the time or inclination.

    Link to this

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