That’s one small step for Thirty Seconds To Mars, one giant leap for musicians everywhere, as the band prepares to launch their newest single into space.
Tomorrow (March 1) at 10:10 am EST, the band will watch the first copy of “Up In The Air,” off of the band’s fourth album, launch from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station in the second SpaceX Drag Cargo Capsule. Along with the single, the spacecraft will be carrying over 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments and cargo.
Fans will unfortunately have to wait until March 18, when Jared Leto and the rest of the band visit Mission Control Houston, to actually hear “Up In The Air” from the band’s upcoming fourth album. The band will not only premiere their new song, but will also interview Tom Marshburn, one of the astronauts aboard the space station. All of these events will be broadcasted live online, with more details to be announced regarding where to watch.
“Up In The Air” will be available to download on March 19.
Thirty Seconds To Mars isn’t the only artist to have their music sent to infinity and beyond. Last year, science enthusiast will.i.am premiered his song “Reach For The Stars,” written about his ”passion for science, technology and space exploration,” from the Mars Curiosity Rover.
U2 has frequently teamed up with NASA to record videos for their tour, including a special David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust-esque message from Commander Mark E. Kelly from the International Space Station. At a 2011 stop in Seattle, the Commander appeared in a video finishing the line from Bowie’s “Space Oddity”: “I’m looking forward to coming home. Tell my wife I love her very much… she knows.” Bono and the guys then performed “Beautiful Day” in honor of Kelly’s wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who had been gunned down in a shooting only months before.
But it’s Sarah Brightman who officially wins the space race. The singer plans to travel to the International Space Station making her the first musician in history to travel to outer space. Brightman will join the crew of Soyuz rocket with assistance from Space Adventures, Ltd. in Russia and spend ten days in orbit. The singer, who released her new album, Dreamchaser, last month, plans to embark on a year-long world tour before enduring six months of pre-orbit training process.
The Phantom of the Opera star isn’t the first singer to talk about her passion for space travel. Lance Bass from ‘N Sync trained to go into space, but his space dream was dashed in 2003 after he could not afford the $20 million dollar ticket for the adventure.