How to Wake Up an Astronaut: Vote Now

Article written: 29 Mar , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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From folk to boogey-woogey to cute kids singing, you’ve got 10 original choices for which song should be the winner of NASA’s Space Rock contest in the Original Songs category. While I’m personally bummed that my song didn’t get chosen as a finalist, the ten choices are creative, fun and really awesome. It’s great to know that there are other songwriters out there who are passionate about space exploration, too! NASA said 1,350 original songs were submitted, including 693 from 47 states in the US, 105 from Canada, and 552 from 61 other countries. The two songs with the most votes will be the first original songs chosen by the public to be played as wakeup music for a shuttle crew, and will be played during the STS-134 mission, sending a ‘rise and shine’ to space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates during their mission to the International Space Station. Voting runs from Tuesday, March 29 through launch day, which currently is targeted for April 19.

Listen to the songs and vote at the Space Rock webpage.

And you can still participate in the “Face in Space” project, which allows you to send a picture to space via an electronic transfer. During Discovery’s mission, more than 194,000 images flew in space. So far, almost 117,000 images have been submitted to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 flight. To send your face to space aboard Endeavour, or Atlantis on the STS-135 mission targeted for June, visit the Face in Space Website.

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10 Responses

  1. Jon Hanford says

    Nancy, the first two links above link back to this story.

  2. Olaf says

    There is only one thing that can you wake up worthy.
    RAMSTEIN!!!!

  3. Paul Eaton-Jones says

    Where are the space rock bands and space rock songs? Hawkwind have 42 years worth of space rock tunes to pick from; Ozric Tenatcles have a 25+ year back catalogue and then there’s Underground Zero who do stuff about space flight, robotics, cybernetics etc. Even Neil Innes with ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman would have preferable. A poor selection.

  4. Hon. Salacious B. Crumb says

    Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”

    “If I should stay, I would only be in your way.
    So I’ll go, but I know, I’ll think of you ev’ry step of the way. ”

    How about; Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On”;

    “Far across the distance and spaces between us
    You have come to show you go on.”

    The high peaks in the pitch, though, might kill quite of them!

    • Paul Eaton-Jones says

      Oh man, you have to be joshing, right. Right??

      • Hon. Salacious B. Crumb says

        Don’t you like Celine or Whitney? 😉

        I think they should play the 80’s hit Blancmange’s “Living on the Celiing” ‘specially the lyrics;

        “You keep me running round and round, well that’s alright with me,
        Nothing, nothing, nothing’s gonna step in my way.
        Living on the ceiling, No more room down there.
        Things fall into place, you got the joke, fall into place.”

      • Paul Eaton-Jones says

        Blancmange – hmm ok [grudgingly]. Ah the 1980’s, the decade when taste, style and decorum in music and fashion took a sabbatical.

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        Sorry Crumb, the suggestions for music from recording artists was for the previous mission (STS-133) — this one is original music only!

  5. dontknownotsure says

    Touhou music maybe

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