NASA used Curiosity rover to blast rapper's latest song from Mars

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Dec 17, 2012

If the sheer awesomeness of sending a robot to another planet isn't enough to get you fired up about Mars rover Curiosity, then you're in luck—NASA has another trick up its sleeve. As of today, the space exploration agency used the $2 billion rover to broadcast the first rap song in history from the Martian surface. WTF?

NASA premiered a new song by musician will.i.am today at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT), broadcast from Mars via Curiosity, in an effort to teach students about interplanetary transmission and the science required to get the song that far from Earth.

The song is called "Reach for the Stars," and it's apparently about the musician's "passion for science, technology and space exploration."

Hey, if it gets kids thinking about space exploration, why not? It seems like a fairly neat idea, and the rapper is also introducing a new foundation to support education as part of the event.

My only qualm—will.i.am, really? What about the Rolling Stones? The Strokes? Radiohead? I mean, is that dude from the Black Eyed Peas really the first impression we want the Martians to have of us?

Let's show those aliens we know how to rock, NASA. Sheesh.

What do you think? Which song would you blast from the Red Planet, if given the chance?

(Gawker via NASA)

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