NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity beams Will.i.am song “Reach for the Stars” back to Earth

By on Aug 29, 2012 in Astronomy, Entertainment, Music Comments

Will.i.am‘s song “Reach for the Stars” was transmitted to Mars and was beamed back to Earth via NASA‘s Mars rover Curiosity, which is first time in the history.



Will.i.am, speaking at NASA
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

As noted by NASA on its official website on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Will.i.am‘s song “Reach for the Stars” was beamed back to Earth via radio signal from Curiosity‘s landing spot on MarsGale Crater at 4 p.m. ET, which is around 150 million miles (241 million kilometers).

According to the report, the historical event was made at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the song was heard by some student, some special guests, and news reporters, along with rapper-songwriter Will.i.am, who is a known advocate of science and technology education.

“There’s no words to explain how amazing this is. These kids here are from Boyle Heights, the same neighborhood I’m from. We don’t have to just end up in the ‘hood. But it’s a hard thing. The hardest thing is discipline.” Will.i.am said in front of the crowd.

“Today is about inspiring young people to lead a life without limits placed on their potential and to pursue collaboration between humanity and technology through STEAM education. I know my purpose is to inspire young people, because they will keep inspiring me back.” Will.i.am added.

“The point of the song is to remind people…that anything is possible if you discipline yourself and dedicate yourself and stand for something.” The 37-year old Black Eyed Peas singer explained further, with his angel Foundation and Discovery Education announced a $10 million classroom education initiative.

Apparently, this is being expected to reach 25 million students yearly, including many from underserved communities, which is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) educational themes.



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