NASA Wants Your Help Building a 'Return to the Moon' Music Playlist

FILE - In this November 1969 photo provided by NASA, Apollo 12 mission Commander Charles P. "Pete" Conrad stands on the moon's surface. He was the third man to walk on the moon. (AP Photo/NASA)

As NASA prepares for a trip back to the moon in 2024, it's asking for the public's help building the perfect playlist of songs for its astronauts.

The agency is taking suggestions from around the world for this playlist and you can submit your picks via this this form or on Twitter using the #NASAMoonTunes hashtag.

With the trip to the moon expected to take three days each way, the astronauts could potentially need a fairly robust list. You can hear some of the early choices at

NASA will accept nominations through June 28, but has a couple rules. First, no songs with "explicit titles, lyrics and themes." Also, the songs must exist on an official streaming service (meaning sites like YouTube or SoundCloud won't cut it).

The role of music in space flights and space exploration goes back to the very early days of program. From pre-launch tunes to wake-up songs, space and music have gone hand-in-hand.

Over the years, Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World," Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" and "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles have all been used multiple times.

More recently, several NASA interns even created a playlist for a 2017 eclipse.

To get NASA started for this go-around, here are all the songs from this decade that appear on a Billboard year-end Top 100 songs list that include the word "space," "moon," "flight" or "fly" in the song title.

-- "Moonlight," XXXTentacion (2018)

-- "Blank Space," Taylor Swift (2015)

-- "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," Randy Houser (2013)

-- "Fly Over States," Jason Aldean (2012)

This article is written by Todd Stewart from The Orlando Sentinel and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to

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