Will.i.am song blasts to Mars and back, via Curiosity

LOS ANGELES Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:43pm EDT

Handout image courtesy of NASA shows tracks left by the Curiosity rover on Mars August 22, 2012. REUTERS/NASA/JPL/Handout

Handout image courtesy of NASA shows tracks left by the Curiosity rover on Mars August 22, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/NASA/JPL/Handout

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NASA's Curiosity rover is making global headlines as it travels uncharted territory on Mars, and it will venture into new realms back on Earth this week when it premieres a new will.i.am song.

The Black Eyed Peas rapper's tune "Reach For The Stars" will be broadcast live from the surface of Mars, via Curiosity, at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EDT/2000 GMT) on Tuesday to a news conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the organization said in a statement on Monday.

The debut of the song, described as an ode to the singer's "passion for science, technology and space exploration," will be linked to an educational event in which members of the Curiosity team will explain the song's transmission across space to students, as well as the rover's overall mission.

The project is a collaboration between NASA and the rapper's i.am.angel Foundation, which aims to provide digital resources in classrooms from kindergarten to grade 12.

The foundation will announce a new science, technology, arts, engineering and mathematics initiative featuring the Mars Curiosity Rover and other NASA assets.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Todd Eastham)

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Comments (2)
willie48 wrote:
Canned muzak from Mars? Perhaps Earth should reply with a canned laugh track . What a silly stunt. A far more interesting broacast would have been the authentic sounds of Mars as revealed by an open microphone. Who knows what alien melodies stirr in the dust devils of our red neighbor.

Aug 31, 2012 8:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:
MSL Curiosity is not equipped with a microphone.

Sep 01, 2012 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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