NASA and Will.i.am Team Up: New Song Reach for the Stars to Debut on Mars

On Tuesday, the musical artist Will.i.am will do what no man has ever done before ... premiere a song on Mars. The Black Eyed Peas frontrunner has teamed up with NASA and Discovery Education to broadcast a song from the Curiosity Rover currently on Mars. The name of the song? Quite fittingly, "Reach for the Stars." A preview of the song is available below but the full song will make its official debut on Mars tomorrow at 1pm PDT; it will also be broadcast via a special event at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The purpose of the event is to share Curiosity findings with students and to explain to them the technology that successfully landed the Curiosity on Mars. Will.i.am. will then debut his song which will be simultaneously broadcast on the surface of Mars from the Curiosity. According to the NASA website, "Reach for the Stars" "is composition about the singer's passion for science, technology and space exploration."


While this is the first time an Earth song will debut on Mars, humans have brought music to space in the past. In 1964, members of the Apollo 10 mission played Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" on their lunar-orbital mission; the song was played on the moon itself on the Apollo 11 mission which included the late Neil Armstrong.

What do you think? Should we be playing music on Mars?

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Elena Sheppard

Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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