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Your mission -- should you choose to accept it -- is to vote for a song or create a ditty of your own.

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is again making history, but in a whole new way.  The space program has always included a wake-up song for astronauts out on missions in space.  The songs have traditionally been selected by family and friends of crew members but this time -- to help commemorate the Space Shuttle Discovery and Endeavour's last two missions -- NASA is enlisting the public. 

According to a press release issued on Friday, NASA has launched a song contest called NASA's Space Rock!  The contest asks participants to vote from a list of 40 previously played Wake-Up Songs to be included on the Discovery STS-133 final mission.  Participants can also upload their own original works to be played on the Endeavour STS-134 final mission.

In the voting contest, the two songs with the most votes will be played during wake-up time aboard the STS-133.  Cast your vote now through the mission launch date, currently scheduled for November 1, 2010.

"We're looking forward to hearing which songs the public wants played for us," STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey said. "It's going to be a difficult choice, because there have been so many great songs played over the years."

Some songs listed for voter selection include "Rocket Man" by Elton John, "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby, "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder, "Drops of Jupiter" by Train, the "Star Trek Theme Song" by Alexander Courage and "Theme from the Star Wars Trilogy" by John Williams.

More creative souls can submit an original song to NASA by January 10, 2011.  Songs will be selected by agency officials and the top selections will be put to a public vote starting February 8, 2011.  Endeavour's last space shuttle flight, scheduled for launch on February 26, 2011, will showcase the two top songs.

"Space shuttle crews really enjoy the morning wake-up music," STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly said. "While we don't have the best quality speaker in the space shuttle, it will be interesting to hear what the public comes up with. We are looking forward to it."

Original songs that are submitted must relate to human space flight.

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David Bowie
By Brandon Hill on 8/25/2010 11:39:03 AM , Rating: 1
"Space Oddity"

/Contest ;)

RE: David Bowie
By smackababy on 8/25/2010 11:39:41 AM , Rating: 4
Ha! "The Final Countdown" is the only appropriate tune.

RE: David Bowie
By Brandon Hill on 8/25/2010 11:44:54 AM , Rating: 1
Touché ;-)

RE: David Bowie
By Iaiken on 8/25/2010 12:48:24 PM , Rating: 1
"The Final Countdown" is the only appropriate tune.

And it's not even on the list...

RE: David Bowie
By jhb116 on 8/25/2010 9:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
Final Countdown on the final day - epic.

I can't believe RIAA allowed this - 40 seemly full songs we can listen to - for free??

RE: David Bowie
By Hyperion1400 on 8/25/2010 1:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm quite partial to "The Warp Riders" by The Sword

"To cross the universe in hyperspatial flight,
We ride the warp of space into the womb of night."

RE: David Bowie
By Smartless on 8/25/2010 4:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
Shucks I guess "Blaze of Glory" would fall under heavily inappropriate.

How about "Cosmic Castaway" from the Titan A.E. movie?

RE: David Bowie
By TSS on 8/25/2010 5:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
It's a song contest on the internet. The logical outcome can only be "never gonna give you up".

RE: David Bowie
By Camikazi on 8/25/2010 5:40:39 PM , Rating: 2
I think you just textually Rick Rolled us all!

RE: David Bowie
By Cullinaire on 8/25/2010 6:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think it would be that absurd for that song to actually be a contender, in this case.

RE: David Bowie
By GuinnessKMF on 8/26/2010 8:47:14 AM , Rating: 2
I saw the DT title on the right of Anand and thought "How is this even a contest, it's 'The Final Coutdown' (duh nuh nuh nuh), no question".

For anyone to even suggest anything else is absurd.

RE: David Bowie
By GuinnessKMF on 8/26/2010 10:25:25 AM , Rating: 2
I take that back, there's one legit contender that was brought to my attention.


RE: David Bowie
By marvdmartian on 8/26/2010 1:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
If they don't play Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride", it would truly be a travesty, if not an outright crime!


RE: David Bowie
By Gill Bates on 8/26/2010 1:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
"Take the Long Way Home" -Supertramp :-P

Children of The Sun
By azcoyote on 8/25/2010 4:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Children of The Sun - Billy Thorpe

RE: Children of The Sun
By fic2 on 8/25/2010 6:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
That is one of the ones I was thinking of. Using a HUGE sound system.

Here is a list of spaced theme rock from yahoo:
Classic Rock Songs About Space Travel

Countdown - Rush
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Rocket Man - Elton John
Cygnus X-1 - Rush
Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
Space Truckin' - Deep Purple
Into The Void - Black Sabbath
2000 Light Years From Home - The Rolling Stones
Children Of The Sun - Billy Thorpe
Eight Miles High - The Byrds
Come Sail Away - Styx
Walking On The Moon - The Police
Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
Space Baby - The Tubes
The Final Countdown - Europe

Best road trip song:
Twilight Zone - Golden Earring.

RE: Children of The Sun
By Omega215D on 8/26/2010 3:34:22 AM , Rating: 2
Kansas - Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)

Fits well too if they launch in the morning.

RE: Children of The Sun
By IcePickFreak on 8/26/2010 12:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
The first song to come to my mind was Sabbath's "Into the Void".

Final countdown
By Chaosforce on 8/25/2010 12:27:15 PM , Rating: 5
Final countdown not even a question

A posthumous homage ....
By jbartabas on 8/25/2010 11:58:13 AM , Rating: 2
Metallica, "Orion" ... but is it really a "song" :(

RE: A posthumous homage ....
By Zorlac on 8/25/2010 4:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
Was thinking the same...that instrumental would be epic! \m/

What about...
By morphologia on 8/25/2010 3:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
Joe Satriani's "Surfing with the Alien?"
Or, better yet, Chemical Brothers' "Galaxy Bounce."

That is, if they'll even put good music up for vote...all the astronauts probably listen to country.


RE: What about...
By BruceLeet on 8/25/2010 8:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Surfing with the Alien

After reading what this article was about that was the first song to pop into my head. They're "wake-up" songs but when I thought about that song I thought about the shuttles re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Walk on the Moon
By Gaeladore on 8/30/2010 3:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
Walk on the Moon by Great Big Sea

RE: Walk on the Moon
By Gaeladore on 8/30/2010 4:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
Another Great Big Sea option:
"When I'm Up"

When I'm up I can't get down
Can't get down, can't get level
When I'm up I can't get down
Get my feet back on the ground
Wise guys are grinning, street lights are spinning
The night is just beginning, and then it comes on strong
It comes on strong, and I am lifted, I am lifted, I am lifted!

Why bother?
By bohhad on 8/25/2010 2:29:44 PM , Rating: 3
Last time they held a vote, to name the add-on to the ISS, they didn't even go with the winner. I wouldn't bother, they will just pick what they want anyways

In before
By HelToupee on 8/25/2010 11:44:42 AM , Rating: 2
In before "Let's rick-roll the astronauts!"

By zozzlhandler on 8/25/2010 1:31:33 PM , Rating: 2
How about "The Phoenix"?

Forward thinking
By Graviton on 8/25/2010 3:52:49 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps a few Russian selections would be appropriate. You know.. to get everyone in the mood.. help ease the transition... ;)

Long Time Gone
By rickon66 on 8/25/2010 6:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
"Long Time Gone"
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

It's been a long time comin'
It's goin' to be a Long Time Gone.
And it appears to be a long,
appears to be a long,
appears to be a long
time, yes, a long, long, long ,long time before the dawn

By chrisdent on 8/25/2010 9:17:02 PM , Rating: 2
"Set the controls for the heart of the sun" by Pink Floyd

Star Blazers
By Belard on 8/25/2010 9:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
The opening to Star Blazers...

"We're off to Outer space..." You Tube:

The ending to Armageddon..
2001: A Space Odyssey Theme

Screw it... Same old 40 songs? Thats NOTHING NEW!!

And last time NASA ask people for their Opinion, they SCREWED us twice over and went with WHAT THEY WANTED!!!

1st - Colbert was first choice... Nothing wrong with that.
2nd - Serenity was the #1 choice on NASA's list and they went with Tranquility in honor of the moon!

Screw NASA! Why ask if it doesn't matter. We won't forget your Stupidity, NASA.

Do something new, go with Star Blazers, it'll be funny.

By tygrus on 8/26/2010 12:19:49 AM , Rating: 2
We got to get out of this place – The Angels
Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again – The Angels
Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Runaway Train – AC/DC
End of the line – Travelling Wilburys
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
I would do anything for love – Meatloaf
Bat out Hell – Meatloaf
When the lights came over the hill – Slim Dusty
Run to Paradise - Choir Boys
Light The Sky On Fire - Jefferson Starship
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
Wind of Change - Scorpions
Pave paradise to put up a parking lot
Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver
My way – Frank Sanatra
Non, je ne regrette rien - Edith Piaf
Rocky Horror Picture Show

Down the list:-
It’s a beautiful Day – U2
The Last Waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck
Ground Control To Major Tom - David Bowie
What a beautiful world – Louis Armstrong
Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
Walking on sunshine
Moonraker theme – from James Bond
X-Files theme
Blake’s Seven theme
Doctor Who Theme

"Walk On The Moon"
By SaraCVT on 9/1/2010 3:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Walk On The Moon" by Great Big Sea

Take a listen.

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