From the files of what will they think of next, singer-songwriter-producer will.i.am will debut his next song on Mars. NASA announced the news itself via press release on Friday.
The song, “Reach for the Stars,” will beam down from the Mars Curiosity rover to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, where the Black Eyed Peas singer will hold an event to promote science education. According to NASA, “Reach of the Stars” deals with will.i.am’s “passion for science, technology, and space exploration.”
will.i.am’s connection with the Mars Curiosity rover goes back to last year, when the singer teamed with NASA for his i.am.FIRST program. During an appearance on Fox News last August, it was joked that will.i.am would debut one of his songs on Mars to see if any intelligent life exists on the planet.
Of course, this isn’t the first time will.i.am has been part of a science-meets-entertainment marriage: On Election Day in 2008, will.i.am appeared on CNN in hologram form. “It was crazy,” he said at the time.