Live Band Performs Wake-Up Duties On Shuttle's Final Day In
For the first time, NASA astronauts aboard an orbiting
spacecraft were awakened by a live performance from Mission
Control, as Todd Park Mohr and three other members of Big Head Todd
and the Monsters performed "Blue Sky" live at 0323 EST.
The live performance was broadcast to space shuttle Discovery
Commander Steve Lindsey and the other five crew members, as they
orbited 220 miles above the southern tip of South America. The song
started the crew's last full day in space after spending eight days
in joint operations, with the shuttle docked to the International
Space Station. Discovery's landing is scheduled for 10:57 a.m. CST
Wednesday, March 9, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"Blue Sky" was written by the band as a tribute for Discovery's
return to flight mission (STS-114) in 2005. The song received the
most votes in NASA's "Top 40 song contest." The top two songs were
played as wakeup music for the shuttle crew.
Receiving 722,662 votes (29 percent), "Blue Sky" outdistanced
the "Theme from Star Trek." The theme received 671,133 votes (27
percent) and was played to wake the crew Monday morning with a
special introduction by William Shatner, the actor who played
Captain James T. Kirk.
After the performance, Mohr briefly talked with Lindsey. "Well,
that was terrific, we really appreciate it and congratulations on
winning the contest," Lindsey said.
"On behalf of Big Head Todd and the Monsters and songwriters and
artists everywhere, we just want to thank you so much for your
courage, your bravery and your effort in just giving all of us a
better shot at knowing more," Mohr told Lindsey and the crew. "It's
very inspirational to the arts as well."
"We all wish you could see what we can see when we look out at
the Earth; and hopefully, everybody will be able to do that one of
these days. Hopefully sooner rather than later," Lindsey