What Song Should NASA Astronauts Wake Up To In Space – The Awl

OhmyGod,psyched!

AsiftheyreadtheAwlandknowwhatacrappyAugustwe’veallbeenhaving,thefolksatNASAareholdingacontestwherethepubliccanchoose“wake-upmusic”fortheastronautswhomanthepenultimatespaceshuttlevoyage,missionSTS-133,scheduledtolaunchNovember1st。

GototheNASAwebsite,whereyoucanlistento40songsthathavebeenpipedintostartastronauts’daysonpastmissions(andyougettoheartheradiocommunicationbackandforthwithgroundcontrol,too)andvoteforyourfavorites。

IvotedforEltonJohn’s“RocketMan,”because…Whatdoyoumeanbecause?

IwouldhavemaybechosenBowie’s“SpaceOddity,”butthatoneisn’tavailable(understandable,whenyouthinkabouthowitends)。

Youcanfollowthetally,too。

Herearethecurrentvote?

leaders。

“StarTrek”theme,AlexanderCourage:309,597“MagicCarpetRide,”Steppenwolf:251,110“Countdown,”Rush?

201,871

That’ssoawesomethatthe“StarTrek”themeandRushareupthere!

Theastronauts’fateisinthehandsTrekkersorpimply-facedthirteen-year-old-boys(and,ahem,theresponsibleadultstheygrowinto)。

Theastronautsmustbelike,“Oh,man,pleasedon’tletthoseRushgeekswin!

”Actually,mostastronautsareprobablyRushgeeksthemselves,so…And,man,ifSteppenwolfgetspipedupthere,that’sgonnabeonegroovy,smoked-outcabin。

Theyshouldsendupabongshapedlikeaboosterrocket!

OthergoodchoicesareStevieWonder’s“HigherGround”andThomasDolby’s“SheBlindedMeWithScience”(Godblessthem!

),butI’mpullingfor“RocketMan。

”Strangely,GilScott-Heron’s“WhiteyOntheMoon,”isnotamongtheselections。

There’salsoanothercontest,tochoosemusicforthefinalspaceshuttlemission,STS-134,scheduledtolaunchonFebruary26,2011。

Inthisone,youcansubmityourownoriginalmusic,andNASAwillselecttopentriesthatthepubliccanvotefor。

So,Dre,getthosedemosinbyJanuary?


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