Blur Almost Made It to Mars

25 Nov 2014

The members of Blur are all big fans of science, especially bass player Alex James.  The first inkling we got of this was the song “Far Out” on 1994’s Parklife album, which featured the lyrics “Vega Capella Hadar Rigel Barnard’s Star/Antares Aldebaran Altair Wolf 359/Betelgeuse sun sun sun.”  


When the European Space Union announced plans for a Mars probe, James became deeply involved in the campaign the fund the mission.  He also helped compose a musical piece called “Beagle 2.”  Had the probe landed safely in late 2003, it would have played this Blur song to confirm a successful touchdown.  Unfortunately, something went wrong and the probe was lost.

So who was the first artist to broadcast a song from Mars? of the Black Eyed Peas.   His song, “Reach for the Stars” was beamed 166 million miles back from Mars from the Curiosity rover in August 2012.  For four minutes and 24 seconds, the rover essentially turned into a $2.4 billion radio station.

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