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January 26, 2013 1:23 PM   Subscribe

A NASA chronology of wakeup calls in space (PDF).
posted by avocet (8 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wake up, wake up, good morning!
posted by capricorn at 1:31 PM on January 26, 2013


That is fascinating. Great find, avocet, thanks.
posted by malibustacey9999 at 2:27 PM on January 26, 2013


Anyone in the Finnish army should remember these questionable wake-up songs.

Johnny's Ihana Aamu, while not terrible, at least terribly incongruous for your first day in the army getting used to waking up ridiculously early.

Meiju Suvas' god-awful Status Quo-cover Kun Lähdet Armeijaan is just terrible.
posted by Authorized User at 2:49 PM on January 26, 2013


It starts getting interesting around Gemini 7 (Lovell and Borman's 2 week orbital mission) since they obviously had plenty of time to kill, and get creative with the music. Another well-known anecdote from that mission is that of Lovell and Borman continually singing Nat King Cole's He'll Have To Go (sometimes referred to as "Put Your Sweet Lips a Little Closer To The Phone") with each other.
posted by ShutterBun at 3:20 PM on January 26, 2013


Wow. Thanks!
posted by trip and a half at 5:00 PM on January 26, 2013


I'm having a hard time verbalizing the cool that this is!
posted by Chutzler at 6:02 PM on January 26, 2013


During the shuttle missions I was always very on top of what was played for whom. Most of the time it was shiny happy garbage like Louie Armstrong or some crooner, or a band that the astronaut's friends (or the astronaut himself) played in, or a classroom of kids careening through something. All the obvious "space" songs, like Space Oddity and Rocket Man and Also Sprach Zarathutra, were well represented ad nauseum. But occasionally you'd get something novel and good.

Bob Behnken usually had some heavier selections, e.g. Metallica.

The foreign astronauts and the African-American astronauts often had great picks.
posted by intermod at 7:30 PM on January 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


If floating weightlessly above the world isn't the time to play "Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta'", I don't know what is.
posted by dry white toast at 7:51 AM on January 27, 2013


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