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  Blur song goes into space
Updated 30 January 2002, 13.23
Pop band Blur
Pop band Blur

Pop group Blur are to record a special song that will be played on a space mission to Mars.

The song will be transmitted back to earth as a call sign once the spacecraft Beagle 2 Lander has reached the Red Planet in 2003.

The band suggested the idea to scientist Professor Pillinger who is delighted that Blur are involved with the project.

The Beagle 2 space craft
Beagle 2 will play a Blur song when it touches down

No more gobbledygook

He said: "We normally send back some piece of computer gobbledygook and we wanted to have something that was instantly recognisable."

Blur's bassist Alex James said that the tune, although based on a mathematical sequence, sounds a bit like the Dr Who theme tune mixed with tracks from the band's album.



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