‘A Timbaland Song Finally Makes its Way to the Moon’

Humans made history last week by landing a private lunar spacecraft called Odysseus on the surface of the moon. This marked the first American-built lander on the moon since 1972. What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that the spacecraft carried digitized recordings of popular musicians, creating a “lunar art museum” that showcases human artistic achievements throughout history.

According to reports, the museum includes iconic songs by artists such as Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Sly & the Family Stone, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, and the Who. Among the 25,000 songs preserved on a structure designed to last millions of years are some modern beats by Timbaland.

Dallas Santana, from Space Blue, the company responsible for the lunar museum, highlighted the significance of the music selected for the moon mission. He mentioned that there are even unreleased recordings from musicians like Jimi Hendrix, adding a layer of exclusivity to the collection. To secure the rights to the music, Santana established Lunar Records in partnership with Beverly Hills Productions and Melody Trust.

The Odysseus journeyed to the moon onboard a SpaceX rocket, with Santana clarifying that Elon Musk was unaware of the specific musicians selected for the lunar payload. Despite Musk’s involvement in the mission, Santana emphasized that the musicians’ choices were kept confidential to maintain the integrity of the project. This decision was made in collaboration with the artists, who wanted assurance that their music selection was independent of Musk’s influence.