Songs Thatll Wake You Up In The Mornings, Even If You Are A Robot... On Mars

NASA made a playlist with songs to wake up its Mars rover, but it is so energetic that we want to try it now.

Isn't it hard to wake up in the morning sometimes? You're not alone. Once in a while (or maybe every day), we're too tired to face the day or we lack the motivation to jump out of bed and get to work. Well, believe it or not, robots also suffer from this. Wait... what? Robots? Yes!

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

How on Earth do you wake up a robot, you might be wondering. Well, NASA engineers have created a playlist to wake up the Opportunity rover, a car-sized machine that arrived in Mars on August 6, 2012. The artifact survived a Martian dust storm back in June, but since then, it hasn't communicate again with Earth, so that's why scientists created a selection of songs to "wake it up."

Their first attempt was with the 80s Wham! classic "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," played from the control room of the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on August 4, but it didn't work.

Scientists are disappointed because the vehicle hasn't called home yet, but they keep trying with great tunes that everyone should include in their morning playlist too, like Iron Maiden's "The Trooper," Foo Fighters's "Times Like These" and "Everlong," and ironically "Dust In The Wind" by Kansas, which could be a joke about the dust storm that made Opportunity's battery drop so low that it went into sleep mode.

Opportunity's mission in Mars is to explore and see if the planet has the right environmental conditions to sustain microbial life, and to take photographs to understand the geology and climate of this place. Amongst its recent findings, Opportunity revealed the existence of ancient organic materials, inspiring the team to continue the search for life on the red planet.

What else is on the playlist? If you thought about songs related to the space and the stars, you are right. The playlist includes Elton John's "Rocket Man," The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun," and of course, "Life On Mars" and "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.

One of the latest additions to the list is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, as a reminder from NASA to Opportunity that everybody here on Earth is waiting for it to wake up.

These scientists definitely have a great sense of humor, don't they? And some pretty good musical tastes. So, here's the whole playlist on Spotify for you to enjoy.


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