Aug 292012
 

Will.i.am premieres song — from Mars

Rapper will.i.am can boast of an accomplishment that is out of this world: His latest single premiered from Mars, making it the first song to debut on another planet. … The tune — which aims to encourage youth to study science — completed a trip of more than 300 million miles from Earth to Mars and back, according to NASA.

If NASA truly wanted kids to study science, it wouldn’t give them pop musicians. It would give them a GOAL. Kids didn’t swarm to the sciences in the fifties and sixties because Elvis or the Beatles told them to; they did because NASA was fricken’ going to the Moon, and they wanted to be a part of it.

 Posted by at 10:07 pm
  • Jordan

    Here are some goals:

    Build a permanent Space Station with artificial gravity (like the SS in 2001) within the next 10 years.

    Put a permanent base in the moon with the next 10 years.

    Send out an interstellar probe that will reach another star system within 15 to 20 years after being launched. You have 10 years to build it.

    Put a live person on Mars in the next ten years, and within 10 years of that, have a permanent Mars colony built and functioning.

    Can all of these goals be met? Hell, yes! I bet a lot of them could be done within shorter time periods if we put our minds to it.

    We went from the Wright Brothers to the Moon landing in just under 70 years!

    If this country truly wants to honor Neil Armstrong that make our permanent habitation of the moon and permanent space colonization our goal.

    We know we can do it, now let’s just do it!

    • Anonymous

      > Can all of these goals be met? Hell, yes!

      Well, no. The starship is *probably* beyond the current state of the science. The only starship type currently feasible that might be able to get to Alpha Centauri in 20 years would be a “Starwisp,” and that would require a pretty massive infrastructure investment (SPS) as well as some entirely new types of computers (distributed over a kilometer-s ale spiderweb).

  • Michael the Somewhat Civilized

    Kids now don’t have goals like that. Non-engineering types seem to be focused solely on getting paid and laid. Music makes that more fun. I got into a discussion with some recently-minted social workers. They wanted to know about how “old people” felt, and I fit the bill. I told them the direction of most older persons was to be a part of creating something large; the kids had no idea what I was talking about. To them, it’s all about today and now, and they feel no one has enough influence over their life for anything more to be realistic. If we go back into space as we did in the 60s, the kids who do it will be out of private schools and homeschooling, and have parents who can do math without a computer beyond a checkbook.

  • Malex

    Tacky gimmick. They need to focus on the mission and get on with it. Not playing HORRIBLE music by will.i.am (who also has a stupid name, stupid Obama song, and stupid face.) I could stand it if they picked better music even. Anything off the golden record would suffice. But this noob? Please!