Playlist for Orbit


The European Space Agency asks you to put together a ten-song playlist as part of a competition for an iPod download for the International Space Station. There are some restrictions:

  • The competition is only open to young people under 18 years of age.
  • Entries are only accepted from nationals of the following countries which are participating in the ATV programme: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  • The deadline for entries is 10 May 2007.
  • The winners will be announced in June 2007.
  • Relatives of ESA staff members are not allowed to take part in this competition.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Shucks. I’m too old. And too American. But maybe one of those little dots on Europe I see on sitemeter might harbor a possible winner.

Anyway, this is what I would take into space if I went into orbit:

1.      The Jupiter movement from Gustav Holst’s The Planets

2.      Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis

3.      Celestial Gate by Alan Hovhaness

4.      “Blue In Green” by Miles Davis

5.      “Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson

6.      “Rocket Man” by Elton John

7.      “Icarus-Borne on Wings of Steel” by Kansas

8.      “Planet Claire” by the B-52’s

9.      The second movement from Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9

10. “Grace” from Jonathan Elias’ The Prayer Cycle

Most of this seems suitable for space. Any other lists?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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