Robotic Wakeup Tunes
In the eyes of NASA engineers, the Mars Rover is a lot like its human counterparts. For years, U.S. astronauts have a playlist of songs used to wake them and help them prepare for the start of their day.
Things are no different for the Mars Rover Curiosity. NASA released the playlist that the engineers use to wake the little robot after its shut down slumber each morning. The list contains music across several genres including classical and pop, show tunes and rock.
Songs include “Good Morning” from Singing in the Rain and the theme from Star Wars. Other selections include “Got the Time” from metal band Anthrax, Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me,” and “Break On Through” by The Doors.
NASA engineers claim that Curiosity is a bit less cranky when its woken with some good music.
Each sol (a Marian solar day) the rover has had a different wake-up song:
Sol six: “Got the Time” by Anthrax, and “Echelon” by 30 Seconds to Mars
Sol seven: “Break on Through” by the Doors and “Got My Mind Set on You”by George Harrison
Sol eight: Theme from “Star Wars” by John Williams
Sol nine: “Wake Up Little Susie” by Simon and Garfunkel
Sol 10: “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra
(There wasn’t a song listed for the fourth sol.)