NASA has launched a new space station and this time it’s an Internet radio station called Third Rock. They’re calling it “America’s Space Station” and it’s a custom-produced Internet music radio station that is crafted specifically to speak the language of tech-savvy young adults.
“NASA constantly is looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said David Weaver, Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We have led the way in innovative uses of new media and this is another example of how the agency is taking advantage of these important communication tools.” The station will be operated at no cost to the government by the Space Act Agreement. Houston based RFC Media is collaborating on the execution.
The station’s format is alternative/indie/new rock. Space related career info and job listings will also be featured. I’m hoping that – in addition to the new stuff, there’s room for a few space tunes. I tuned in and was hoping for some older space themed classics like Dark Side of the Moon, Walking on the Moon, Space Truckin, and maybe even Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon. No such luck, the station’s definitely much hipper than that…give it a listen for yourself, here.
NASA is holding a contest to decide which songs will wake up the crew on the final two scheduled space shuttle missions. According to NASA, wakeup calls are a longstanding tradition of the program. Each day during the missions, flight controllers greet the crew with wake up music and messages.
To vote, you can visit the NASA website and stream songs from the NASA Top 40 – a list of songs played on previous missions, along with crew communications from those missions. It’s a great list that includes songs by many artists including U2, The Stones and The Clash, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Buffett and more.
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 scheduled to launch on Nov. 1. The winning songs will be announced and played during the flight.
A second contest invites artists to submit original songs for the last mission. Songs should be submitted by January 10, 2011. The public will also have a chance to vote on finalists and choose two that will be played on the final mission scheduled to launch on February 26, 2011.
You can visit the site, listen to the songs and vote here.