Published Mar 23, 2010While Bad Religion aren't technically heading to outer space, the names of the band members, as well as the name of their record label, Epitaph Records, are going to Mars.
Apparently, NASA astronaut Jerry Stoces is a big fan of the band, and according to the Epitaph blog, he listened to the group while training for his mission into space, going down next year on the Lynx spacecraft. Stoces also happens to be working on the next Mars Exploration Rover Mission and had the opportunity to add some names to a microchip that will be carried by the Curiosity rover, which goes to Mars next year. Naturally, he picked the dudes in Bad Religion and Epitaph Records as choices for Martians to understand English proper nouns.
Click here to see the certificate from NASA saying that Epitaph is going to Mars, and over here you can see Bad Religion's certificate.
Back on planet Earth, Bad Religion are celebrating their 30th anniversary by giving away a free live album on May 18 (but you have to sign up to reserve a copy, which you can do here).