by Toby Swaford, K-12 Education Coordinator
Have you ever wanted to help wake up an astronaut?
NASA is looking for the songs that will help the crew start their days on the last few remaining Space Shuttle missions. For you musically talented folks out there, there’s an opportunity to upload an original song to be played on STS -134, scheduled to launch in February of 2011. NASA will choose the best of the submissions to be voted on by the public starting February 8th, with all submissions due by the 10th of January, 2011. So get working on your musical masterpiece to be played for the entire world to hear.
Of course, for those of us that couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, there’s also a chance to vote for one of the forty tunes that have already been used as a wake-up call for the astronauts on previous missions. You can choose from such diverse songs as Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon, and Thomas Dolby’s She Blinded me with Science. The Beatles are the only act with two songs in the running, Here Comes the Sun, and Good Day Sunshine. The Rolling Stones have an entrant in their hit Start me Up, while Canadian rockers Rush, are represented by the appropriately named Countdown. There’s even competition between John William’s Theme from Star Wars and the title music from Star Trek, complete with a voice over by the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner.
For more information and the chance to submit your original composition or vote for your favorite song visit https://songcontest.nasa.gov/