August 20, 2010

NASA Asks Public For Final Shuttle Missions’ Wakeup Songs

If you like music, the space program and are a little nostalgic,
NASA has the perfect opportunity for you. For the first time, the public can
help choose songs to wake up the astronauts during the last two scheduled
space shuttle missions.

Traditionally, the songs played to wake up the astronauts are selected by
friends and family of the crews. For the last two scheduled missions, NASA
is inviting the public to visit the "Wakeup Song Contest" website to select
songs from a list of the top 40 previous wakeup calls or to submit original
tunes for consideration. To vote or submit a song, visit:

The two songs with the most votes from the top 40 list will be played as
crew wakeup calls on the final scheduled flight of space shuttle Discovery.
Discovery's STS-133 mission is targeted to launch on Nov. 1.

"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."

Original songs must have a space theme and be submitted to NASA by 4 p.m.
CST on Jan. 10, 2011. The songs will be reviewed by agency officials and the
top finalists put to a public vote. The top two songs will be used to wake
space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 crew. Endeavour's mission is the last
scheduled space shuttle flight. It is targeted to launch on Feb. 26, 2011.

"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."

The song contest campaign follows NASA's ongoing "Face in Space"
project. It invites the public to send electronic images of their faces into
orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions. To submit
your image, visit:

For more information about the Space Shuttle Program and the STS-133 and
STS-134 missions to the International Space Station, visit:

For more information about the space station, visit: