The Curiosity rover is going to broadcast will.i.am's Reach for the Stars from the surface of Mars.
NASA's Curiosity rover is currently trundling about the surface of mars, taking holiday snaps, shooting rocks with lasers and generally furthering man's understanding of the red planet and, by extension, the universe. But the common man doesn't care about any of that, oh no. He has only one question: Can it play phat beats? And the answer is yes. Yes it can.
At 4pm EDT, tomorrow, Curiosity will broadcast Reach for the Stars, a new track from rapper, will.i.am. The song, along with a presentation from Curiosity's landing team, will be shown to students at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
"I know the sky might be high, but baby it ain't really that high," goes the song. "I know that Mars might be far, but baby it ain't really that far. Let's reach for the stars."
Then professional shouter, Lil Jon, tells you to put your hands up. Twice.
will.i.am is known mostly for his contribution to American hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas, whose hits include modern classics such as My Humps and The Time (Dirty Bit). His i.am.angel Foundation provides digital resources for classrooms, and he'll be using the event to announce a new technology, engineering arts and mathematics initiative featuring NASA assets, including the Curiosity Rover.
will.i.am's fondness for all things technical isn't undocumented. Back in 2011, Intel appointed him "director of creative innovation," and here he is singing a heart-rending ode to popular file sharing service, Megaupload.