Yes, this is really happening, world.
Will.i.am’s new single is to be beamed direct from Mars today (August 28).
Nasa will broadcast “Reach for the Stars” from the Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring the Red Planet’s Gale Crater.
The song will be transmitted back to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, California, as part of an educational showcase (why weren’t my school trips this cool?).
Will.i.am will be present at the event, at which Nasa are expected to announce a partnership with the rapper’s education foundation, i.am.angel.
“Reach for the Stars” is a composition inspired by Will.i.am’s supposed “passion for science, technology and space exploration.”
The Black Eyed Pea-come-The Voice mentor-come-newfound space enthusiast has already treated fans to a snippet of the song, which boasts awe-inspiring (*cough*) lyrics like:
“Why they say the sky is the limit
When I’ve seen the footprints on the moon
And I know the sky might be high
But baby it ain’t really that high
And I know that Mars might be far
But baby it ain’t really that far
Let’s reach for the stars”
Watch Willie’s song get streamed from space, live at 8pm, here.