Recently we reported (here) that NASA was in the process of picking wake up songs for its astronauts. Well, NASA announced the winners of its “Original Song Contest” after six weeks of public voting. The songs were to awaken the STS-134 astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour during their ongoing mission.
“Sunrise Number 1” by Jorge Otero and the band Stormy Mondays from Oviedo, Spain, earned first place. Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency should have heard the song at 5:56 p.m. EDT on May 31 – the day before the crew returns to Earth. “Sunrise Number 1” received 787,725 votes, or 49.8 percent of the total ballots.
“Dreams You Give” by Brian Plunkett from Halfway, Mo., earned second place with 612,959 votes, or 38.8 percent. It was supposed to have awakened the crew at 6:56 p.m. on May 30.
The Original Song Contest received 1,350 entries for consideration, and NASA selected 10 songs as finalists. The public cast 1,581,531 votes for their favorite song from March 29 through May 16.
To listen to the songs and see the all the results, visit:
The winning songs also have videos. To view the video for “Sunrise Number 1,” visit:
To view the video for “Dreams you Give,” visit:
NASA also released the final tally of submissions to the Space Shuttle Program’s “Face in Space” campaign for the STS-134 mission. Participants submitted 128,940 photos for uplink to Endeavour via the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The images will return to Earth through a data transmission, and contributors will be able to print certificates verifying their photos flew aboard Endeavour.
More than 7,550 other photos already have been submitted to fly aboard the last shuttle mission targeted to launch July 8. Submissions will be accepted through the liftoff date.
To take part in the STS-135 Face in Space campaign, visit:
For more information about the Space Shuttle Program and the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station, visit: