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Hip-hop artist will.i.am’s “Reach for the Stars” made history this week when it was the first recorded song ever to be beamed back to Earth from another planet (that we know of), transmitted from the surface of Mars from the rover Curiosity.
The event was an attempt to inspire young people to study sciences, and, no doubt, an effort to keep the Mars rover and NASA’s planetary exploration programme in the public eye.
“Today is about inspiring young people to lead a life without limits placed on their potential and to pursue collaboration between humanity and technology through STEAM education,” will.i.am said, during a press conference on Tuesday to mark the event. “I know my purpose is to inspire young people, because they will keep inspiring me back.” The solo Black Eyed Pea has long been an advocate for science and technology education; the entertainer also used the event to announce his i.am.angel Foundation’s $10 million classroom education initiative, a science curriculum programme incorporating NASA space exploration content.
will.i.am talks about creating ‘Reach for the Stars’, the short version from Reuters TV
‘Reach for the Stars (Mars edition)’