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Astronaut Wakeup Calls

September 19, 2008 to August 16, 2009

The use of music to awaken astronauts on space missions dates back to the Apollo Program, when astronauts returning from the Moon were serenaded by their colleagues in mission control. This tradition has continued to present day missions. The common element of all of these selections is that they promote a sense of camaraderie and spirit among the astronauts and ground support personnel. The camaraderie promoted is the reason why according to the NASA website, "that NASA management has neither attempted to dictate its content nor allowed outside interest to influence the process."


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