August 28, 2012

Will.I.Am Becomes First Artist To Have Song Played From Mars

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

This afternoon, for the first time in history, a song was played that was beamed back from Mars via the Curiosity rover.

Musician Will.I.Am's song "Reach for the Stars" was played at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tuesday afternoon after being beamed back from the Red Planet.

On Monday, NASA played a prerecorded message from Curiosity featuring NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden being the first human voice heard from Mars.

Will.I.Am became the first artist to ever have their song played from another planet, thanks to the newest Martian rover.

Will has been heavily involved in education and inspiring students in rough neighborhoods across America. He has even created a television show to inspire kids to get into science at an early age.

As a child he attended the Brentwood Science Magnet after his mom sent him there. He credits this for instilling his drive to inspire kids to get involved in science.

Bolden gave Will.I.Am a phone call last year after the TV show's success, asking him to come up to NASA and help inspire kids.

Will said at the press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he asked Charlie, "What do you guys got coming up?"

He said Bolden told him about sending Curiosity to Mars.

"I said, 'hey have you ever thought about putting a song on the rocket so when it lands it can come back to Earth'," Will said at the conference. He said Charlie asked "Who's going to do the song," to which Will replied "are you serious?"

NASA astronaut Leland D. Melvin was at the press conference as well to help introduce the song that was beamed from Mars.

Before the song was played, Mohawk Man was featured on the big screen, ready to press the play button for the audience.

Leland said "Mohawk Man, roll the song," and immediately students and scientists began to be the first to witness a song being beamed from another planet.

As the song was blasting "why do they say the sky is the limit, when I see the footprints on the moon," NASA scientists took advantage of the moment to dance around at JPL.

For the rest of the press conference following the song, students asked Will.I.Am questions, an opportunity he saw as a way to inspire the kids even more.

"Right now, it seems surreal," Will said about the song playing. "But, it's a real thing, and it should remind you guys that after today, your going to go home and life is going to be as it is. And, you are going to have all these boundaries in front of you, and society and reality is going to tell you that you need to stay in this area. But you have to think beyond."

"Anything is possible with discipline," he added. "It's not going to happen overnight, it didn't happen overnight for me."