In order to promote its Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the European Space Agency held a contest last summer. The rules were simple; send in a playlist of ten songs to load onto an MP3 player that the un-manned ATV would fly up to astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Therese Miljeteig, a 14-year-old from Norway, won the competition with this playlist…
Here Comes The Sun – Beatles
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Rocket Man – Elton John
Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Imagine – John Lennon
Flashdance – What A Feeling – Irene Cara
Walk of Life – Dire Straits
Fly – Celine Dion
Rockin’ All Over The World – Status Quo
I Believe I Can Fly – R Kelly
…a playlist for which I will reserve comment, other than to say “Congratulations, little girl! You did it! Hooray for space! SK8 STR8! Stay in school and what-have-you!”
Her prize will be to travel to French Guiana this Sunday to watch the Jules Verne ATV vessel launch supplies, including the MP3 player, up to the space station.