If there was ever a time to launch yourself into space, it’d be now with so much insanity happening world wide. And, what better way to get pumped for the mission than by blasting AC/DC and Black Sabbath?
Over the weekend, two stellar astronauts from NASA made a successful launch into Earth’s orbit inside the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. To get themselves psyched for the journey, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley blasted ‘Back In Black’ by AC/DC while on their way to the launchpad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.
If that wasn’t enough to get them going, once they were in route to the International Space Station, the crew woke up to Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ jamming along in space prior to docking.
This isn’t the first time astronauts rocked out to some good ol’ heavy rock and metal music while in orbit, as Behnken is quite the fan of the genres, blasting Tool’s ‘Parabola’ during a space mission ten years prior.
Both AC/DC and Black Sabbath’s iconic tunes played during the mission saw themselves as quite fitting, with ‘Back In Black’ serving as an anthem for the space program comeback, as this joint mission between Elon Musk’s SpaceX company and NASA is the first mission of its kind from the United States since 2011.
As CNN’s John Berman was reporting during a telecast at the launch, he spun a bit of brilliance as to why the crew chose the song: “We were told the astronauts listened to ‘Back In Black’ from AC/DC on their way to the rocket. In that vein, let’s just say, for those about to launch, we salute you.”
Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’ also stood as a fitting track to wake up in space to, before the crew docked at the International Space Station, as the metal hit sports lines as: “We sail through endless skies / stars shine like eyes / the black night sighs.”