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If you were an astronaut

Posted July 30, 2009

If you were an astronaut in space what song would you request for the morning wake-up tune? Please give title of song and the artist who recorded it.

“I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher greeted North Carolina astronaut Thomas Marshburn and others aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor this morning. NASA has been serenading space travelers since the Apollo mission. Some of the songs to make the early NASA play list include “The City of New Orleans,” and “Going Back to Houston” by Dean Martin.

Several of my favorites to be played over the years include “Scotland the Brave,” “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and “Good Day Sunshine” by the Beatles.

For more information on music in space check out the following link: and examine the pdf file chocked full of fun tunes.

If I were to pick one of my songs to be played in space it would be “Tall Ships” as in spaceships! That would be a thrill!

What about you?  What song would you choose?


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  • lynneslaughter Jul 30, 2009

    my second choice is the toast song that the early group from wqdr used to sing in the mornings on the radio.

  • fishnett5977 Jul 30, 2009

    I like Bill's suggestion - "Tall Ships" but I think to get me up and going I would want "Life is A Highway" by Rascal Flatts. That song makes me think of my two grandsons - it's my oldest grandson Damien's "theme song" on the dvd his momma made for him of his baby pics till now! Cute!!! :)

  • LMRA Jul 30, 2009

    I was thinking of three possibilites: Rocket Man (Elton John), Ode to Joy (how cool would it be to hear that song and then look out and see the Earth???) or Carolina In My Mind (James Taylor).

  • fgump Jul 30, 2009

    It's been played before..."Beautiful Day" by U2.
    Related note; my wife and kids and I tracked the space station and shuttle overflight last night, saw them streak by from WSW to S at about 9:04pm...very cool!

  • Celt Jul 30, 2009

    I think I would want Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach--really loud. And then watch the astronaut's heart and respiration rate!

  • Not Now Jul 30, 2009

    Space Oddity by David Bowie. A gentle reminder that the shuttle was built by the lowest bidder.

  • cornfused Jul 30, 2009

    "gIMME THREE STEPS" OR "fREE bIRD" BY Lyynyrd Skynyrd

  • lynneslaughter Jul 30, 2009

    age of aquarius by the 5th dimension. because everyday would be so unreal to wake up in space and not on earth. I suffer from a height phobia , so i would feel out of myself up in space. Probably very nauseated too.

  • ncsu91938 Jul 30, 2009

    I would love to hear "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones. Good way to start the day!

  • blytle Jul 30, 2009

    I think I'd want something peppy and fun like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" or "She Loves You" by the Beatles!!




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