LONDON Jan 31 (Reuters) Fans of British pop band Blur always thought their music was out of this world. Now it really will be. A musical sequence recorded by the mega-selling foursome will herald the arrival of a British space probe on Mars. The track will be beamed back to Earth when the probe, Beagle 2, lands on the Red Planet in December 2003.
It is part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission to find proof of life on Mars. "It is partly based on a mathematical sequence with a few extra notes added," is how Professor Colin Pillinger, the lead scientist working on the British-led space project, described the ethereal recording. "Most (probes) just send back a couple of digits in computer sequence. We thought, why not go the whole hog and send back something that will give us maximum media coverage?" Pillinger said.
Blur, who have enjoyed a string of number one hits including "Parklife" and "Country House" and have sold 10 million albums worldwide, have been involved with the space mission since 1998.