First Interplanetary Music Broadcast with's song ‘Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)’

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(Best Syndication News) - The first ever song was sent from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to Mars and back again to Earth earlier today. There were 53 high school students from the College Track Center, VIP guests, NASA and JPL officials, and Curiosity mission members present when the’s song “Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)” was sent and received. The special event also paid tribute to the recent passing of legendary Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who made history by being the first man to walk on the Moon.

A video message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was played. He suggested students study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "Mars has always fascinated us, and the things Curiosity tells us about it will help us learn about whether or not life was possible there," Bolden said. "And what future human explorers can expect. has provided the first song on our playlist of Mars exploration."

The distance to Mars and back to Earth is hundreds of millions of miles. The song was an original composition by musician and there was also a tie-in for the new STEAM education program that the artist and his foundation are funding.

As a philanthropist, has the Foundation that has been working with Discovery Education for a new science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education program called The new education program will be available nationwide and is expected to reach 25 million students annually. Around $10 million in funding will come from the Foundation and other contributors. The program will be put together and delivered by Discover Education.
"Today is about inspiring young people to lead a life without limits placed on their potential and to pursue collaboration between humanity and technology through STEAM education,” said. “I know my purpose is to inspire young people, because they will keep inspiring me back."

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Reporter

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