Sunday , September 20 2020

Does Mars Need Britpop?

British Beagle 2 probe builders seem to think so:

    In six months, the British interplanetary probe Beagle 2 will touch down on Mars and announce its arrival by playing nine digitized notes of a Blur song.

    The song was previously released as “Beagle 2” on the B-side to “No Distance Left to Run” in 1999. Earlier that year, the band had got together with Colin Pillinger, the head of the space exploration project, the first European-sponsored venture of its kind.

    “Colin had this great idea but no money,” says Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, “but we thought, ‘We could play the first gig on Mars!’ So we talked the project up to the point where the money was made available. Our song’s not really any major contribution to science.”

    ….But how will Blur be received up there? “We’re not expecting to find anything more than bacterial life on Mars,” Rowntree says, “so I imagine they’ll like heavy metal.” [Rolling Stone]

Chortle.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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