Unfortunately the Martians themselves were not able to hear it.
But earthlings back at NASA’s base in California were privileged to listen to the first ever planet-to-planet music broadcast.
“Reach for the Stars”, a new song by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, was beamed from Earth to NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars and back again.
The song is described as a tribute to the singer’s “passion for science, technology and space exploration”.
“I wanted to show human collaboration and have an orchestra there and something that would be timeless where it is, and translated in different cultures, not have like a hip hop beat or a dance beat,” said Will.i.am, who was one of several celebrities invited to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on August 5 to watch Curiosity land on Mars.
It is not the first time NASA has broadcast music in space.
In 2008 NASA transmitted the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” into outer space to celebrate the song’s 40th anniversary.
Alas there were no speakers on Mars for the locals to hear the new song, and the thin air would have distorted the sound anyway.
Some bloggers said they would have preferred David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” – although Black Eyed Peas fans will not complain.
The broadcast came the day after the first human voice transmission from Mars to Earth.