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VIDEO: Michael Stipe's NASA wake-up song

Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. attends the premiere

Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. attends the premiere of "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" at the Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan. (Dec. 7, 2009) Credit: Getty Images

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe delivered an a capella version of "Man on the Moon" to wake up the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis this morning. It was a nice greeting that Stipe later said was fitting, saying in a statement, "I recorded 'Man on The Moon' for NASA in Venice, Italy, where Galileo first presented to the Venetian government his eight-power telescope, and in 1610 wrote 'The Starry Messenger' (Sidereus Nuncius), an account of his early astronomical discoveries that altered forever our view of our place in the universe." 

 

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