At 1:32 a.m. EST/10:32 p.m. PST Monday morning/late Sunday night, the NASA rover Curiosity landed on Mars. In New York City, people gathered in Times Square to watch it live on big screens. Los Angelinos were invited to watch live at the Griffith Observatory. Chicogians had the same chance at the city’s Adler Planetarium. And people all over the country could tap into NASA’s live YouTube channel and UStream feed to watch Curiosity try to touch down.
After making it safely through the “seven minutes of terror”— those seven minutes when Curiosity should land but was out of touch with Earth — the one ton, car-sized rover successfully landed on Mars.
“We are the only country that has ever done anything like this,” boasted John Holdren, the senior advisor to President Obama on science and technology issues, to CBS News. “Many new technologies had to work in perfect synchronization.”
“I eagerly await what Curiosity has yet to discover.”—President Obama on last night’s rover landing on Mars: OFA.BO/HCQCEh
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 6, 2012
If you follow the Curiosity Rover on Twitter, you’ll find NASA is developing quite a personality for it. So we wondered, what might Curiosity like to listen to out there on Mars? Here are some suggestions.
Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”
BEP frontman will.i.am is a musician. He’s an entrepreneur. He’s got a car company with Chrysler, an apps company with Intel, and last night he was in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA for the landing of the Mars rover.
We did it!!! We landed on mars…we did humans…humans landed curiosity on mars…
— will.i.am (@iamwill) August 6, 2012
If the happy faces from NASA when they got their first picture back of Mars from Curiosity were any indication, Curiosity could use a little good feeling — sadly it has none because it’s just a machine so maybe it could just blast this feel good song in case there is any life hiding in the cracks on Mars.
Not that it’s a contest, but if you think about it even for a rover it would suck to be on Venus. The surface of Venus is about a million degrees, covered in thick clouds of sulfuric acid, and boasts a good amount of volcanic mountains. Basically the worst scenario imaginable.
Mars is dry and hot like Venus, but not as impossible to land a rover on as Venus would be. Plus, the views are spectacular and the sunsets are even better.
Usher and Jay-Z may have meant to refer to Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus with their dueling songs, but we’re sure Curiosity could jam to both while it investigates the surface of Mars.
David Bowie “Life On Mars?”
A classic and a must have on any adventure to Mars!
Calvin Harris “Stars Come Out”
What’s really cool about going to Mars is that you’re looking at the same stars you see on Earth, but in slightly different places. We know that Curiosity is sure to get some awesome Mars sunset shots, but we hope it has time to grab a few shots of the stars coming out from the surface of Mars too!
Katy Perry “E.T.”
Part of Curiosity’s mission on Mars is to determine if at some point in the past the planet would have been hospitable to life as we know it. While we’re pretty sure Mars never supported any E.T.’s, it’s a great space groove track for Curiosity while it digs down in the dirt to uncover Mars’ past.
NSYNC “Space Cowboy” + Spice Girls “Outer Space Girls”
This doubleheader from the prime of the ’90s boyband/girlband era is a must for Curiosity. Consider it a nod to Opportunity and Spirit, the rovers who investigated Mars before. Sort of an “if you thought NSYNC was exciting, just wait until you see One Direction!” For the space program.
Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon”
Do you think space rovers get homesick? In case Curiosity does, this could be it’s love song to the Earth. But, on the plus side, Mars has a moon upgrade. The red planet has two moons as opposed to Earth’s one. So Curiosity will have it’s pick of moons to talk to: Phobos or Deimos.
Moby “We Are All Made of Stars”
Can you imagine the feeling of being all alone on Mars? Scary! But you’ve got all of humanity cheering you on. Awesome! Moby’s song is a takeoff of the famous quote from Carl Sagan’s seminal space book, Cosmos: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
Two sad looks at gravity from pop singers — but did you know Mars only has about 38% of the surface gravity that Earth has? So if you landed on Mars you’d weigh significantly less. That doesn’t extend to emotional baggage, but let’s hope Curiosity doesn’t have any of that.
Karmin “Written in The Stars”
From their covers album, this is Karmin’s take on Tinie Tempah’s song that hit #1 in the UK. If you read your horoscope, then you know it was “written in the stars.” And if you lived on Mars, which is not only in a whole different time zone but is obviously located somewhere very far away then your rising sign and 13 houses would be in completely different locations. Speaking astrologically, if you were from Mars you’d be a totally different person.
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 6, 2012
-Courtney E. Smith, CBS Local