NASA is very happy to see the Mars Curiosity Rover is part of the current pop culture landscape. To add more resonance with the youth of the world, NASA brought on recording artist and rapper Will.i.am to record a song that will be the first to be broadcast on the Red Planet back to Earth.
“Reach For The Stars” was written and recorded by Will.i.am and made its debut yesterday at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as part of an event for students to explain the Curiosity mission’s technology and objectives. No matter how you feel about his music or The Black Eyed Peas, the work Will.i.am does for NASA is commendable. He widens NASA’s reach and appeal to the youth through his music, celebrity, and public persona. Check out the song below:
Will.i.am is a big fan of NASA and he has participated in a few promotional videos explaining NASA’s technologies including increasing the production of clean running water, how to give remote medical care and harness solar electricity for refrigeration, and how to keep food fresh during its trip from the farmers to the marketplace.
While “Reach For The Stars” was the first song to be broadcast from Mars, it wasn’t the first human voice to be transmitted from the Red Planet. That honor goes to NASA administrator Charlie Bolden, whose message of exploration and the promise of a human mission to Mars in the not-so-distant future will hopefully inspire the next generation of NASA scientist, engineers, and explorers.