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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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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!


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