To mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA wants to build a soundtrack of great songs to mark the occasion and to go with the people flying to the moon by 2024.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 6, 2019

If great songs are good enough for Guardians of the Galaxy then it is good enough for NASA.

NASA, the US agency responsible for the civilian space program, wants a soundtrack to go with the next people to go to the moon.

NASA wrote: “Music has been interwoven throughout spaceflight history, from pre-launch songs to shuttle wake-up calls to crewmembers (sic) playing instruments on the International Space Station. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we’re also preparing to go back to the Moon by 2024, which means astronauts will have a non-stop journey of approximately 3 days each way – the ultimate long-distance travel. Just like any road trip needs a soundtrack, so does a spaceflight!”

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The space agency wants people to send in their favourite moon tracks. Without giving my age away too easily, I think the song below is track one, but you may disagree.

And this might be the final track.

Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield performed the late David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ from the International Space Station in 2103 and it became the first music video performed in space.

Bowie posted on Facebook that Hadfield’s cover of his 1969 song was “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”.

NASA wants you to tell it your moon songs on its Twitter page with the hashtag #NASAMoonTunes or submit via a form on its website.

NASA moon hashtag

“Submit your suggestion from June 3 to June 28 which is the same time frame in which Apollo 11 astronauts were making final preparations for their mission 50 years ago. Liftoff of our playlist will be on July 13 and 14 and will air during a live show on NASA’s Third Rock Radio, just a few days prior to the Apollo 11 launch anniversary,” NASA said.

Our top five suggestions are rounded out with English rock band Muse’s 2006 hit song ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, the Beastie Boys’ 1998 hit song ‘Intergalactic’ and how can we go past ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John. Rocketman is the name of the hit film about Elton John, which has taken US$67 million at the box office since its release on May 31, according to Box Office Mojo.