What’s the Best Music to Wake Up a Mars Rover?

NASA/JPL-CaltechCuriosity, that marvel of NASA engineering, needs its downtime.  Actually, it needs its sunlight for its solar cells.  When the sun goes down on Mars, Curiosity goes to sleep.  And that means it needs to be awakened again by someone in Mission Control.

The guys in charge of Curiosity seem to be music fans.  Their reveille playlist–designed specifically for a solar-powered spacecraft on an alien world–looks like this:


  • Beatles/Good Morning, Good Morning
  • Rolling Stones/Start Me Up
  • Sheryl Crow/Soak Up the Sun
  • B52s/Roam
  • U2/Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Kansas/Dust in the Wind
  • California Sun/Ramones
  • The Rover/Led Zepellin


The full playlist can be found here.  Meanwhile, if you have any further suggestions…


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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