NASA is holding an online poll for what will be some of the final wakeup songs for the Space Shuttle program, and the original Star Trek theme is currently in second place. More info (including how you can vote) below. Plus we have a full history of NASA’s Star Trek wakeup songs (including audio clips).
Vote For Star Trek theme to be one of final shuttle wakeup calls
NASA has been waking up their astronauts in space with music starting with the Gemini program in the 60’s all the way through to today and the Shuttle program. Each morning mission control in Houston wakes up the crew with a song, which are traditionally selected by friends and family members of the crew. The Shuttle program is now coming to an end and NASA is looking to the public to get involved with some of the final songs for the program.
For the final mission (STS-134 scheduled for February 26, 2011) NASA is looking for song submissions, with two to be selected to be played during the mission. And for the second to last mission (STS-133 schedule for November 1st) NASA has opened up voting to the public to select from a top ‘top 40’ list of songs from previous shuttle missions (including the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage).
The top two vote getters will be beamed into space, and currently the The Star Trek theme is in second place. Here are the current top 10 leaders:
- Countdown (by Rush) 12111 Votes – 22.2%
- Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 11859 Votes – 21.7%
- Blue Sky (by Big Head Todd) 7422 Votes – 13.6%
- Beautiful Day (by U2) 5064 Votes – 9.3%
- Rendezvous (by Bruce Springsteen) 2161 Votes – 4.0%
- What a Wonderful World (by Louis Armstrong) 1886 Votes – 3.5%
- Window on the World (by Jimmy Buffett) 1832 Votes – 3.4%
- Enter Sandman (by Metallica) 1627 Votes – 3.0%
- Here Comes the Sun (by The Beatles) 1281 Votes – 2.3%
- Imagine (by John Lennon) 1125 Votes – 2.1%
The shuttle program began with Star Trek fans inspiring NASA to name the first orbiter "Enterprise", so it only make sense for Star Trek to be part of the ‘swan song’ for the program .
Shuttle Enterprise introduced in 1976
History of Star Trek NASA Wakeup calls
There have actually been six occasions when Star Trek music was used in NASA wakeup calls, all during the Space Shuttle era (which is only fitting as the first shuttle was named "Enterprise"). On two occasions wakeup calls also included recorded messages from Star Trek captains (William Shatner and Patrick Stewart). Here is a full breakdown of the Star Trek wakeup calls, with notes from the NASA archives. There are also links to audio from some of the more recent Star Trek wakeup calls.
STS 29 – 3/16/89
"Star Trek" theme + William Shatner
Discovery crew woke Mission Control with theme from “Star Trek” followed by congratulatory comments from William Shatner. Mission Control responded with a medley of school songs from crew members’ alma maters: “Anchors Aweigh”, The Air Force Song (“Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder”), and Drexel University “Fight Song” CAPCOM: G. David Low. He responded with ad lib: “Discovery, Houston – Beam Me Up, Scotty.”
STS 44 11/25/91
"Star Trek: The Next Generation Theme + Patrick Stewart"
Crew woken to: "Space – the final frontier. This is the voyage of the Space Shuttle Atlantis – Its ten-day mission: To explore new methods of remote sensing and observation of the planet Earth – To seek out new data on radiation in space, and a new understanding of the effects of microgravity on the human body – To boldly go where two hundred and fifty-five men and women have gone before. Hello – Fred, Tom, Story, Jim, Tom, and especially Mario – This is Patrick Stewart, choosing not to outrank you as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, saying that we are confident of a productive and successful mission.Make it so."
All this to the theme music of "Star Trek – the Next Generation" Capcom Marsha Ivins contacted actor Patrick Stewart to request the special wakeup call for Mario Runco, a big "Star Trek" fan.
“Star Trek Next Generation” theme by James Horner. [NOTE: NASA’s official archive lists Horner in error instead of Jerry Goldsmith]
"Where My Heart Will Take Me," the theme song from TV series, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” performed by Russell Watson.
[CLICK FOR AUDIO]
"Where My Heart Will Take Me," the theme song from “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
This song, was selected for the crew as a surprise dedication from the Deputy Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale. (This selection was identified as composed by Dennis McCarthy in STS-114 MCC Status Report #16. Though McCarthy did write the orchestral suites for the “Star Trek” TV series he did not write this. It was written by Diane Warren originally as “Faith of the Heart” for the soundtrack of the film, “Patch Adams” and sung by Rod Stewart. Then, virtually the identical song was renamed and used as the theme for “Enterprise” — this time sung by British tenor, Russell Watson)
[CLICK FOR AUDIO]
Theme from the television series “Star Trek,” which was composed by Alexander Courage.
The song was played for the entire crew.
[CLICK FOR AUDIO]