NASA has played back the first ever song transmitted on Mars, a new recording by US musician Will.i.am.
Curiosity played back the song in a drive to help inspire young people to take up an interest in science. The transmission traveled over 300 million miles on it's journey back to the Earth. Will.i.am opted to attempt a change from his usual musical style to make the song as appealing as he could to international audiences, using a real orchestra rather than a computer generated beat.
"A lot of times ... people in my field aren't supposed to try to execute something classical, or orchestral, so I wanted to break that stigma," he said. "I wanted to show human collaboration and have an orchestra there and something that would be timeless, and translated in different cultures, not have like a hip hop beat or a dance beat."
"The extraordinary feat was among several astonishing achievements by US space agency's £1."
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