Monday, January 17, 2005

Play Freebird!

The entire Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn is fascinating to me; especially the Huygens probe landing on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. Titan is the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere. Titan is bigger than Mercury and our moon - almost as big as Mars. Its atmosphere is mostly nitrogen, like our own, but because it's so freakin' cold there, all of the water is ice, harder than rock on earth. On the other hand, it has methane vapor in the atmosphere, and possibly (although we haven't seen it yet), methane lakes and oceans, and the best part - methane clouds and rain. Whatever, I told you I found it fascinating!

And because aliens like to rock too, we've sent a music CD along with the probe down to Titan. The unexpected part, however, is that the music is actually pretty cool! None of that Pygmy shit or music from hacks like Bach and Mozart as on the Voyager mission. This time, we commissioned the French musicians Julien Civange and Louis Haeri to write something the alien kids would like.

The four instrumental tracks are Lalala, Bald James Dean, Hot Time and No Love and are described as "edgy, punk, music themes". The music, available through Apple's itunes, has already made the charts in France, Germany and America.

And "Lalala" is downloadable for free. If you're on iTunes, check it out. Unfortunately, the others (particularly "Bald James Dean") are the better tracks, but still! And let's thank the almighty Christian God that the Europeans sent this probe up. If the Americans were in charge, the aliens' first impression of us would have been Toby Keith. The resulting invasion would leave no survivors!

Don't forget that the ESA sent the eminent English pop band, Blur to Mars. This begs the following two questions: a) how cool are European scientists? and b) Will this be a new trend? You haven't made it until you're a hit on Neptune? I bet Ashlee Simpson sounds better in the vacuum of space...

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