NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – Musician will.i.am made history on Tuesday with the help of NASA, but more importantly sent a message to youth in America — anything is possible. It’s hard to argue with that sentiment when the event in question was broadcasting a song from the surface of Mars.
“Reach for the Stars” — a classical piece of music will.i.am wrote especially for Mars Rover Curiosity — was beamed back to Earth from the rover’s current position on the Red Planet via radio waves. The Black Eyed Peas member, not generally known for his classical music chops, said that he consciously chose that musical genre for NASA’s groundbreaking broadcast.
The musician worked with a 40-piece orchestra to create the wordless, instrumental song. The style, and choice to run a song without words, was picked to give “Reach for the Stars” as broad a reach as possible.
will.i.am may not seem like an obvious first choice to be the first musician broadcasted from beyond Earth. But the singer has worked with NASA before, most notably with the organization U.S. First, a nonprofit group whose goal is to inspire children to become more engaged in science and technology.
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