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February 28, 2004

Space.com

You won't find the following playlist on any radio station. Only a Martian would mix ABBA with R. Kelly, Beyoncé with Gene Autry, and the Rolling Stones with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Or someone pretending to be a Martian. The eclectic playlist is Mars rover Spirit mission manager Mark Adler's way of waking exhausted engineers and scientists who are working and sleeping on Mars time and dealing with a sometimes temperamental rover millions of miles away. And with entries like the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," it shows that NASA people are anything but stuffy. The music can lighten tense times. During the nail-biting moments before Spirit's descent and landing in January, at the suggestion of team member Rob Manning, Adler played Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy."
The Bobs are on the playlist (See Sol 34) with "Pounded on a Rock" - Ed. More

Posted by acapnews at February 28, 2004 9:21 AM

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