Friday, July 15, 2011

Man on the moon....Listen to Michael Stipe's Wake-Up Call to the Atlantis

Being an astronaut has its perks as R.E.M.'s frontman, Michael Stipe, recorded a greeting for the crew of the Atlantis, NASA's final space shuttle mission which was transmitted earlier this week.   

The message was received by the astronauts on Wednesday, and began with a brief a cappella performance of R.E.M.'s 1992 hit "Man on the Moon."

The song was obviously appropriate for the occasion, but Stipe's location for the call was also quite fitting. "I recorded "Man on The Moon" for NASA in Venice, Italy, where Galileo first presented to the Venetian government his eight-power telescope, and in 1610 wrote "The Starry Messenger (Sidereus Nuncius)", an account of his early astronomical discoveries that altered forever our view of our place in the universe," Stipe said in a statement.

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