Will.i.am Song to Be Broadcast From Mars

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By Myles Collier , Christian Post Contributor
August 27, 2012|11:47 am

Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas will be making his intergalactic debut on Tuesday when a song of his will be broadcast from the Mars rover Curiosity.

The famed singer teamed up with scientists from NASA as a way to engage a larger audience in the importance of the rover and will play one track which will be sent across deep space, through the rover's speakers, and then back to Earth, according to a press release from NASA.

NASA officials revealed that along with the broadcast of the song, it will also be holding an educational event that will premiere the new song from Will.i.am. The event will take place on Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. Pacific time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.

Will.i.am will be at the event not only to hear himself broadcasted from Mars, but to introduce a new education initiative between his charity, the I.am.angel Foundation, and NASA.

The new endeavor will incorporate Discovery Education, which is a provider of digital resources to school children from kindergarten through 12th grade, to announce a new science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics initiative to get kids involved in space.

Members of the team that successfully landed the rover on Mars earlier this month will explain to students the mission and the how the song is able to be heard from the surface of Mars.

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Will.i.am will then premiere "Reach for the Stars," a new song about the singer's passion for science and space exploration.

The mission began last Nov. 26 when the rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. and was put on course to travel through space for more than eight months.

"It's an enormous step forward in planetary exploration. Nobody has ever done anything like this," John Holdren, senior science advisor to President Obama, told Reuters. "It was an incredible performance."

The event will be streamed on the agency's website and broadcast on NASA TV at www.nasa.gov/ntv

 

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