August 27, 2012 2:49pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Will.i.am to Debut New Song From Mars Via Curiosity Rover
Will.i.am is literally reaching for the stars with his next song.
The Black Eyed Peas rapper/producer will debut a new solo track, “Reach for the Stars,” on Mars with a help from NASA and the Curiosity rover.
The spectacle will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 28, as part of an educational event designed to teach students about NASA’s mission. Experts will also explain the technology behind the song’s interplanetary transmission, which will be broadcast on the Red Planet as well as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasedena, Calif. via Curiosity.
According to a release on NASA’s official website, the composition was created out of will.i.am’s passion for science, technology and space exploration.
Will.i.am isn’t the first musician to interact with Curiosity. Earlier this month, pop star and X Factor judge Britney Spears posted a cheeky tweet at the rover in reference to her 2000 “Oops!... I Did It Again” music video. The official Curiosity Twitter account responded in kind, telling Spears, "Hey Brit Brit. Mars is still looking good. Maybe someday an astronaut will bring me a gift, too. Drill bits crossed ;)"
The NASA event on Tuesday will be live streamed on will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation website, as well as NASA TV. The session will kick off at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET).
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