By Alan Boyle
Ever since the Apollo era, NASA has been beaming up tunes to start off the workday for traveling astronauts. For the last mission of the space shuttle Discovery, the space agency asked the public to pick a couple of fitting wakeup songs from its Top 40 list. More than 2.4 million votes were registered in the online contest, and the winners are “Blue Sky” by Big Head Todd and the Monsters (with 722,662 votes) and the “Star Trek” theme song by Alexander Courage (with 671,134 votes). Songsters have also submitted more than 1,300 original compositions for consideration as future wakeup songs.
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Thanks to the marvels of the Internet, you too can wake up like an astronaut. Just arrange to have your Mission Control team click the “play” button and crank up the volume.
There’ll be another online vote for the wakeup tunes to be played during Endeavour’s STS-134 swan song in April. Stay tuned…