Help Astronauts by Picking Your Favourite "Wake-Up Songs"

Help Astronauts by Picking Your Favourite 'Wake-Up Songs'
In case you've never been an astronaut, you might not be aware that every morning, those working for NASA are woken up by songs typically chosen by their loved ones, presumably to remind them that their friends and family back home are thinking of them. For the next two missions, however, the U.S. space agency is allowing the public to pick the songs. That's right - on forthcoming missions scheduled for this November and February, your favourite song could wake up astronauts.

As CBC reports, the crew on the November 1, 2010 mission will wake up to the two songs voted on by the public from a list of 40 previously used "wake-up songs," including tracks by the Beatles, Rush, U2, the Rolling Stones and more.

Those aboard the February 26, 2011 shuttle will receive wake-ups from the winner of a separate contest, in which fans are encouraged to submit their original, space-themed songs. The entries will be screened by a NASA panel before being subjected to public voting. The two most popular will serve as the wake-up songs for that mission, aboard the space shuttle Endeavour.

Both official song contests can be found here.

"Space shuttle crews really enjoy the morning wake-up music," said Mark Kelly, commander of NASA's final flight to the International Space Station, in a statement. "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."

Sadly, this song is not on the ballot: