Musician slash dance-robot guru will.i.am, known as the frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, will be premiering his latest song, “Reach for the Stars,” on the surface of the planet Mars using the Curiosity rover. The event is part of an educational initiative by NASA designed to show Curiosity’s earliest findings with students and will be held Tuesday, August 28 at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California.
NASA cites will.i.am’s “passion for science, technology and space exploration” as the reason behind the decision to play his song through the $2.5 billion, plutonium-powered, lazer-carrying rover. will.i.am also plans to announce a new component to his i.am.angel foundation: a focus on providing resources in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to K-12 children.
The song could be stored on Curiosity’s 2GB of storage, or perhaps it will be streamed from Earth, to Mars for the desolate red planet to hear, then back to Earth so we (i.e. humans) can hear the bleak red-waste hear will.i.am’s latest song.
Whether the song is any good or not, it’s clear: Curiosity likes to dance.