Curiosity Plays Tunes Every AM On Mars

Posted August 28

As it turns out,’s new tune “Reach For The Stars” is not the only song Martians will hear emanating from the Curiosity rover, which touched down on the Red Plant this August. Apparently, Curiosity starts each sol (or Martian day) with a tune.

You can check out the full playlist of tunes below, courtesy of the Mars Science Laboratory. Each day, the team updates their playlist on Curiosity’s page. While we think this is definitely a cool idea, we wish that MSL had teamed up with Spotify or another streaming service to make the tracklist playable — right now it’s just a list of tunes. We could even see a pretty sweet Spotify app in there, mingling together cosmic songs and images from the rover’s amazing journey.

In the meantime, Gizmodo has taken a crack at creating a Spotify playlist, which you can check out here.

Sol 1
“Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” Loverboy

Sol 2
“Good Morning Good Morning,” Beatles

Sol 3
“Good Morning (from Singin’ in the Rain),” Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds/Donald O’Connor

Sol 4
“Walking on Sunshine,” Katrina & the Waves

Sol 5
“Ride of the Valkyries,” Richard Wagner

Sol 6
“Got the Time – Anthrax AND Echelon,” 30 Seconds to Mars

Sol 7
“Break on Through to the Other Side,” The Doors
“I Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison

Sol 8
“Star Wars (Main Theme),” John Williams & The London Symphony Orchestra

Sol 9
“Wake Up Little Susie,” Simon & Garfunkel

Sol 10
“Come Fly With Me,” Frank Sinatra

Sol 11
“Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machine
“Fur Elise/Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (medley)

Sol 12
“When You Wish Upon a Star,” Louis Armstrong

Sol 13
“Killer Queen,” Queen

Sol 14
“Star Trek Theme,” Alexander Courage

Sol 15
“The Twist,” Chubby Checker

Sol 16
“Rawhide Theme,” Blues Brothers

Sol 17
In honor of the first drive: “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys

Sol 18
“Call Me Maybe” Mars Science Lab Mashup, Carly Rae Jepsen and Caley Burke

Sol 19
“Fur Elise” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” played by the SAM instrument (reprise)
“The Planets” by Animaniacs

Sol 20
Tribute to Neil Armstrong
“Rocket Man,” Elton John

Sol 21
“Free Ride,” Edgar Winter Group

Sol 22
“Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles

Image courtesy of NASA