Will.I.Am, with Black Eyed Peas, speaks at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA rover Curiosity beamed to Earth his new song "Reach for the Stars" on Tuesday in the first music broadcast from another planet, to the delight of students who gathered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to listen. Earlier, engineers uploaded the song to the rover, which landed near the equator of Mars, and played it back _ a journey of some 700 million miles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, center, actress Nichelle Nichols the original O'Hura Star Trek character, and musician Will.i.am, right, of The Black Eyed Peas, pose with bloggers at NASA Social media event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on August 12, 2012, hours before the Mars rover Curiosity is due to land on the surface of Mars. The most high-tech rover NASA has ever designed was speeding toward Mars on Sunday to attempt an acrobatic landing on the planet's surface. The Curiosity rover was poised to hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Second from left blogger and film maker Susan Bell. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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PASADENA, Calif. >> Will.i.am has premiered his new single — from Mars.
The NASA rover Curiosity beamed to Earth his new song, “Reach for the Stars,” on Tuesday in the first music broadcast from another planet, to the delight of students who gathered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to listen.
The song had been uploaded to the rover, which landed near the equator of Mars, and played back — a journey of some 700 million miles.
The musician, who promotes science and mathematics education, was among more than a dozen celebrities who were invited to JPL to watch Curiosity’s landing earlier this month. Others included Wil Wheaton, Seth Green and Morgan Freeman.
In 2008, NASA beamed the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” into the cosmos to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the song.