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NASA Wants You to Pick Out Music Used to Wake Up Astronauts

NASA has found a way to integrate the general public into their upcoming STS-133 mission.

As NME reports, the task at hand is to decide what music should be used to wake up the astronauts while in orbit.

Currently, there is a list of 40 potential songs that could be used as a musical alarm clock. You can find the entire list from NME, but suffice it to say that there aren't a ton of great options. Mostly the list consists of cliche classic rock songs, seasoned with a healthy does of punny humor and sprinkled with a few '90s alt rock tunes.

(Yes, Elton John's "Rocket Man" is a choice. Sigh.) Granted, there are some good songs on there, but the ones that are tend to be oft overplayed.

While the list contains the likes of The Beatles, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, and the Rolling Stones, the truly depressing part is that the front runner for the wake up call is currently the theme to Star Trek. Following in close second is Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride," with Rush's "Countdown" in third.

Ya'll need to cast your votes to fix this.

Hey NASA -- I bet you could pay a teenager with half decent taste $10 and they'd make you a better mix to choose from. Hell -- I'll do it for free. The moral of the story? Don't trust NASA with your iPod.

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Sarah Ventre