Monday, May 23, 2011

Rush song to wake up Space Shuttle crew on Tuesday

Rush are out of this world.

That statement takes on a whole new meaning on Tuesday when a Rush song is set to wake the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

RushIsABand reports a one-minute, edited clip of Rush's "Countdown" - from 1982's "Signals" - will be beamed to the Space Shuttle Tuesday as the wake-up music for the Shuttle crew, specifically at the request of Mission Specialist Mike Fincke.

The song will be beamed at approximately 6:55 p.m. CDT (7:55 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday and you can watch it live on NASA TV here. It will also likely be included as part of the Flight Day 10 highlights, to be shown around noon on the following day.

Fincke has logged 365 days in space, placing him third behind Peggy Whitson and Michael Foale for the most time in space by an American astronaut. Along with Gennady Padalka, Finke shares the record for the most amount of International Space Station (ISS) based spacewalks (6)-- all in the Russian Orlan spacesuit.

This is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (mission STS-134) and the second-to-last Space Shuttle mission (STS-135 will be the last and is scheduled for July).

Rush Rush

Rush – Countdown (1982)

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