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NASA has invited Joe Public to vote on which two wakeup songs will rouse the crew of Discovery's 1 November STS-133 mission, and hopes musicians will rise to the challenge of writing some original music for the last shuttle flight when Endeavour blasts off on STS-134 on 26 February 2011. Discovery astronauts will enjoy a …


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  1. Code Monkey


    Surely it has to be the Final Countdown.

    1. Thecowking

      I was going to say that

      Word for word no less.

    2. CD001


      The Blaas of Glory version for preference...

      Or how about White Zombie's "Welcome to the planet motherf..."

    3. Anonymous Coward

      Lyrics Mismatch

      But don't the lyrics talk about going to Venus? Or maybe it's "penis" given the generally phallic under/overtones.

      1. Code Monkey

        True, but

        I'm not aware of any songs specifically about the final countdown to a mission to the ISS.

    4. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
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      Final Countdown

      If enough of us suggest this... they may take notice.

      Upvoting OP, Good on you.

      ( If you haven't upvoted the OP, you know you have to... come on... seriously )

  2. Graham Dawson

    Begin the count...

    It's a shame they aren't taking suggestions of existing songs that they haven't played.

    Styx - Come Sail Away would be an excellent send-off methinks. (they climbed aboard their starship and holy frig they were aliens!)

    Of course if they allowed the public to suggest these things there'd be no end of demands for Rick Astley and Final Countdown...

  3. Ian Yates

    Red Dwarf closing credits


  4. Eponymous Cowherd


    Doesn't include Space Oddity or Star Trekkin........

  5. lglethal Silver badge

    Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy

    Best song to wake up to ever... And the film clip is the footage from the Excelsior stratospheric balloons jumps (longest freefall in history).

    Other suggestion - See you later, alligator... ;)

  6. Daniel Owen

    Babylon Zoo

    Spaceman :D

  7. TeeCee Gold badge

    My vote.

    Goes to "You're shit and you know you are" arranged for the kazoo, vocals provided by a choir of drunken Glaswegians.

    Seems fitting for an alleged Space Agency's celebration of having no method for getting into space....

    1. Tim #3

      extremely disapppointing

      They've also overlooked the, er, Vengaboys classic " Rocket to Uranus".

  8. Ian Ferguson

    Come on, we all know what will REALLY happen

    Odds-on that Justin Bieber's fans get hold of the vote and the poor final mission crew have to endure some kind of dire pre-teen warbling.

    You would have thought NASA would have learnt from the previous voting debacle when instead of answering questions being put to the ISS crew by schoolchildren, they had to sit there (float there?) listening to McFly.

  9. Fluffykins Silver badge

    Theme from Fireball XL-5

    That's all.

    Open the pod, HAL

  10. Anonymous Coward

    One for the chief

    NASA and the astronauts should play a song for the president who has done so much to dismantle the space program.

    My vote is the new upcoming release by Cee-Lo. (NSFW).

  11. Sampler

    Surely Europe?

    Or maybe Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra" :D

  12. Doug Glass

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    From "2001 A Space Odyssey".

    1. Nexox Enigma


      Well I don't have flash, and I don't know the song titles by name, but if that's the opening theme from 2001, I'd say it makes a good alarm clock tone for any occasion. As long as you plan to have an epic day, every day, which is probably a reasonably good bet when you're orbiting something.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    The obvious choice is:

    "Wake me up before you go-go,

    Cuz I'm up and down into space like a yo-yo.

    Wake me up before you go-go,

    Cuz I'm a professional clown called Bo-bo.

    Wake me up before you go-go,

    Cuz ... (insert other rhyme here)"

    Repeat ad infinitum

  14. Yorkshirepudding


    my previous suggestion of the enterprise theme was rejected

    lol must mean everyone hates it!

  15. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    For obvious reasons

    It has to be "Sea Of Tranquility" by BJH:


    We steered our ship to the Sea of all Tranquility

    The only sound our voices, as star-struck we fly

    Our hopes ever high

    That the songs we sing and the words we bring

    Should never die

    We set our sights on the Sea of all Tranquility

    Our pointless flight betraying now fallen we are

    (Gods of old now broken and defaced)

    Compared to a star

    And the final reach to that barren beach

    Is much too far

    Yesterday our songs of glory shone

    A dream of ages every one

    We sold our souls for senseless gain

    And brought our harvest home in vain

    (Above the seven seas is one)


  16. Dave Bell

    Fire In The Sky

    Written in 1991, so it is a little out of date.

  17. Luther Blissett

    PC space cowboys - enough yee haw, more ho hum

    Given the recent news that Islam not space exploration is NASA's top priority (, perhaps they they might find something useful (and different) by Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan - Pakistan's answer to Elvis.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Currently leader...

    The current leader is "Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage)" with twice as many votes as the next highest.

    Nothing wrong with this song, but for the spoken part they should use the version used on the last episode, closing credits of "enterprise"

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Would it be a bit inappropriate...

    ... to suggest Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"?

    Or maybe something by Disaster Area?

    (Or is that in bad taste?)

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Still Alive

    Still Alive, from the game Portal.

  21. ewan 1

    How long before

    PRS create a new "space" licence scheme based on the number of potential listeners on neighbouring planets within the time frame from the big-bang until now.

  22. NRT

    Given my state of mind in the early moning,

    I prefer a wake up that (quietly) goes "beep beep beep....".


    (I could tolerate Also sprach Zarathustra). :-)

  23. Marty McFly

    No doubt about it...

    "Major Tom (Coming Home)" for their final day in orbit.

  24. bugalugs

    You’re logged in

    how about " the end " by the doors ?

    " our elaborate plans " indeed...

    avatar of new tenant ?

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