While it was neither a small step nor a giant leap NASA once again made history on Tuesday. Not content with just beaming music in to space they successfully streamed a song from the Curiosity rover hanging out on Mars back to the little blue orb we call home.
If we're being honest we were a bit surprised when we heard that Will.i.am was picked to be the first artist to release a single on a different planet. We have nothing against the guy mind you- the first two Black Eyed Peas records are pretty good after all- but when we think of space travel and Martians he isn't our first pick.
There are plenty of artists out there that would jump at the opportunity to hold a single release on the red planet. Here are 5 that NASA should consider moving to the top of the list.
1. Lil Wayne
Weezy has made no secret that he doesn't consider himself a human being and has gone as far as labeling himself a Martian, which explains a lot of his life decisions. It also makes him a prime candidate for interplanetary broadcast.
He may not have been in top form with some of his recent verses but we like to think that the prospect of being the first artist with a mixtape of Mars might make him step up his game. We wouldn't even complain if he wanted to get Nikki Minaj in on the action, provided she was in "Beam Me Up Scotty" mode.
2. 30 Seconds to Mars
Someone with Mars in the name was going to have to make the short list and we're not sure Bruno Mars has what it takes to write a song for space. Back before the "epic" videos and the $13,000 tweets 30STM wrote songs that were less "emo" and more "space rock". One only has to go as far as "Buddha For Mary" to get a Mars reference after all.
They also have a bit of history with the Curiosity rover; NASA picked "Echelon" as one of the rover's wake up tunes to signal the start of a new Martian day.