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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Update: "Countdown" to be beamed to Shuttle on May 25

Update: 5/24/11 - 8:17 p.m.

"Countdown" wasn't played for the wakeup call today. I heard from Chromey owner, Dean Bobisud:

I just received word that the playing of this song has been postponed 1 day due to that fact that Mike is preparing for a spacewalk today and he will not be available to listen to or respond to the song.

The new time for the flight day 11 wake up song is:

Wednesday 5/25/11 at 6:54pm CDT.

The flight day 11 highlights will be replayed periodically throughout the afternoon on the following day and will include the wake up song at the beginning. 


The Rush song "Countdown" will be beamed to the Space Shuttle on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

A one-minute edited clip of the song from the 1982 Rush album Signals will be transmitted into space to wake up the Space Shuttle crew and start flight day 10. It will be played for Mission Specialist Mike Fincke.

The song was cropped and spliced to include some of the best parts and lyrics and to fit it into the required one-minute timeframe. Written about STS-1, the song is a tribute to the entire Space Shuttle program.

It will be played at approximately 7:00pm CDT on Tuesday 5/24/11. You can watch it live on NASA TV at If you don't catch it live, you should be able to watch the wakeup call as part of the Flight Day 10 highlights, around noon the following day (5/25/11).



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