Attention all music lovers! If you want the Universe to know your favourite song, Nasa’s latest offer is just for you. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is inviting all the aficionados to select a perfect playlist for its journey back to Moon, yup, you read it right! According to the submission from tweeted by Nasa’s ‘Third Rock Radio’, “In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and our excitement to return to the lunar surface by 2024, we're accepting suggestions for which songs you think belong on our #NASAMoonTunes playlist! A spaceflight to the Moon is about 6 days round trip. If you were an astronaut, tell us a song you would listen to on the journey!”
Nasa’s official website has also listed out the rules. They are:
1. Songs with explicit titles, lyrics and themes will not be accepted for addition to the playlist. NASA is for everyone – let’s make sure our playlist is too.
2. Only songs published on official music streaming services at the time of the acceptance period will be added to the playlist. A user may not submit song lyrics or unpublished music from sites such as SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, MixCloud or other user-uploaded content websites.
3. Only songs with the hashtag #NASAMoonTunes on Twitter and submissions via the above form will be accepted.
4. Third Rock Radio has the flexibility to select which songs will air from the proposed list. There is no requirement or obligation to play any specific song from the playlist, and there is no guarantee that each song submitted will be aired live.
So, what are you waiting for, make your submissions here.
Recently, NASA was in news for a quirky discovery. Over weekend, there was news that Nasa has discovered a dune in the shape of Starfleet --- the famous logo from Star Trek --- on Mars, a new picture from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed. The University of Arizona, which operates the MRO HiRISE camera, said: “Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo… You'd be right, but it's only a coincidence.”
The spotting of the logo can be paralleled to the “face on Mars” phenomenon. This could be a fluke occurrence caused by the movement of wind, lava, and other natural forces that sculpt the landscape of the Red Planet.
The dune feature is located in a large plain within the Hellas impact basin in the southern hemisphere of Mars. An interaction of dunes, lava and wind formed the chevron shape visible in the picture, according to the statement. MRO has photographed many other chevrons on Mars, so we're guessing this is not the first time it spotted one shaped like a "Star Trek" logo, the Space.com reported.
Scientists working with the HiRISE instrument have spent years studying the features they see in Mars images, and they think they have a good sense of how this particular shape came to be. The story starts with crescent-shaped sand dunes where wind and surface interacted.