Reporting Shannon Carlin
The song, featured on their upcoming fourth album, hitched a ride on the second SpaceX Drag Cargo Capsule, which along with the very first copy of “Up In The Air” is carrying 1,200 pounds of supplies for the space station crew and experiments being conducted aboard the laboratory.
Jared Leto and the rest of his Thirty Seconds To Mars bandmates got a chance to watch the ship blastoff from Cape Canaveral this morning (March 1), tweeting their excitement throughout the launch and posting photos of them in front of the Cape Canaveral sign, along with a snapshot of the band with NASA Commander Mark Kelly.
They later tweeted out a short video of the actual space launch with a bit of their own commentary.
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 1, 2013
Fans will get a chance to hear the new song on March 18 when the band’s interview with Tom Marshburn, one of the astronauts aboard the space station, is broadcasted live online. Visit the band’s website for more details on where to watch the livestream. “Up In The Air” will be available to buy on March 19.
Thirty Seconds To Mars aren’t the only current rockers interested in space exploration. Blink-182 and UFO enthusiast Tom DeLonge produced the 2011 sci-fi flick Love, which takes a look at an astronaut’s demise as he gets ready to come back to earth. His side project Angels & Airwaves, known for their space-themed songs, also created the musical score for the film.
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy told Guitar World last year that he would like to someday record a song or a music video in space. Bellamy is even trying to convince Richard Branson to give him a seat on Virgin Galactic.
Broken Bells’ 2010 video for “The Ghost Inside” tried to recreate the living conditions of space using Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks as the guinea pig. Unfortunately, she proves the black abyss isn’t easy on the body or the mind, something Bellamy might want to know before heading into the new frontier.