Last Space Shuttle mission: Help NASA pick the wake-up tunes

How about, “The Party’s Over” for the very last Shuttle wake-up call?

Press release from NASA, August 20, 2010:

RELEASE : 10-193

NASA Asks Public for Final Shuttle Missions’ Wakeup Songs

HOUSTON — If you like music, the space program and are a little nostalgic, NASA has the perfect opportunity for you. For the first time, the public can help choose songs to wake up the astronauts during the last two scheduled space shuttle missions.

Traditionally, the songs played to wake up the astronauts are selected by friends and family of the crews. For the last two scheduled missions, NASA is inviting the public to visit the “Wakeup Song Contest” website to select songs from a list of the top 40 previous wakeup calls or to submit original tunes for consideration. To vote or submit a song, visit:

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. Discovery’s STS-133 mission is targeted to launch on Nov. 1.

“We’re looking forward to hearing which songs the public wants played for us,” STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey said. “It’s going to be a difficult choice, because there have been so many great songs played over the years.”

Original songs must have a space theme and be submitted to NASA by 4 p.m. CST on Jan. 10, 2011. The songs will be reviewed by agency officials and the top finalists put to a public vote. The top two songs will be used to wake space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 crew.
Endeavour’s mission is the last scheduled space shuttle flight. It is targeted to launch on Feb. 26, 2011.

“Space shuttle crews really enjoy the morning wake-up music,” STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly said. “While we don’t have the best quality speaker in the space shuttle, it will be interesting to hear what the public comes up with. We are looking forward to it.”

The song contest campaign follows NASA’s ongoing “Face in Space” project. It invites the public to send electronic images of their faces into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions. To submit your image, visit:

For more information about the Space Shuttle Program and the STS-133 and STS-134 missions to the International Space Station, visit:

For more information about the space station, visit:

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6 Responses to Last Space Shuttle mission: Help NASA pick the wake-up tunes

  1. Ellie says:

    LadyR, I was looking for that myself. I settled for Star Trek.


  2. LadyRhian says:

    They don’t have “Good Morning, Starshine” from “Hair”? For shame!

    “Good morning, Starshine!
    The Earth says Hello!
    You twinkle above us, we twinkle below…”


  3. Nick K says:

    Geez, Morgan, you make me look like an effin optimist.


  4. […] Last Space Shuttle mission: Help NASA pick the wake-up tunes … […]


  5. Ed Darrell says:

    NASA’s adventures and exploits appeal to the better nature and curious child in every human, save, perhaps, for the pathologically cynical.


  6. They deserve a golf clap for at least trying to arouse public enthusiasm about the space program.

    But what a crock. Straining to grant them the benefit of the doubt, I theorize that they’re reaching out to the younger set. Yes, having a shot at picking the wake-up tune could be quite a thrill, if you’re twelve.

    I have never understood this philosophy built around Sowell’s-unconstrained-vision, insisting, along with other things, that we need to pick these super duper wonderful demigod leaders. And then once they’re in charge they start polling the rest of us on these questions that don’t matter. Whose faith are they inspiring this way? What in the world did they think they were chosen for, with all their superhuman wonderfulness — the dulcet tones in their lilting voices as they ask us what to do?


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