Reach for the Stars ( song)

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"Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)"
Promotional single by
from the album #willpower
Released August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)
Format Digital download
Length 4:21
  • William Adams
  • Kenny Oliver
  • Onlee Gill
#willpower track listing
"Ghetto Ghetto"
"Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)"
"Smile Mona Lisa"

"Reach for the Stars", alternately subtitled "Mars Edition" and "NASA Edition", is a song written, produced and recorded by American recording artist in commemoration of the landing of the Curiosity rover on the planet Mars. First released on August 28, 2012 as a promotional single, the song also appears on the deluxe edition of his fourth studio album #willpower (2013). "Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)" became the first song in history to be broadcast from another planet, completing a journey of more than 300 million miles between Mars and Earth.[1]

Background and development[edit]

"Reach for the Stars" was written in February 2011, after NASA asked to write and produce a song for the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars. The songwriter said that the experience with NASA administrator Charles Bolden discussing the possibility of broadcasting a song from Mars was "surreal". The song is part of NASA's educational outreach, with stating that the song "aims to encourage youth to study science". Rather than produce a song via the computer, stated that he wanted to show "human collaboration", which featured a 40-piece orchestra. He added that "people in my field aren't supposed to try and execute something classical, or orchestral, so I wanted to break that stigma, [and have something] that would be timeless and translated in different cultures."[2]

NASA had confirmed during the Mars Science Laboratory launch tweet-up on November 24, 2011 that had partnered with NASA to deliver a song for Curiosity's landing.[3] After being uploaded to the rover, which landed near the equator of Mars, the song was broadcast live from the planet, completing a journey of more than 300 million miles (approximately 482 million kilometers).[4] It became the first song in history to be broadcast from another planet and the second song to be broadcast in space, after the Beatles' "Across the Universe" was beamed into space by NASA in 2008.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[5]
  1. "Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)" – 4:21

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • – co-writer, producer, recording
  • Jordan Miller – vocals
  • Dr. Luke – co-writer, producer
  • Lil Jon – background vocals

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[6] August 28, 2012 Digital download Music, Interscope Records
United Kingdom[7] September 5, 2012 Polydor Records

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Karimi, Faith (August 29, 2012). " premieres song -- from Mars". CNN. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ " track played on Mars using speakers from the Curiosity rover". News Corp Australia. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "#NASATweetup: Rock Star Will 1x Partners with NASA, Has a S.Y.S.T.E.M. to Make Science and Technology Cool". Solo Travel Girl. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b " & Mars: 'Reach For The Stars' Beamed From Curiosity Rover". The Huffington Post. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition) – Single by". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)". (US). Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)". (UK). Retrieved January 25, 2014.