On June 3, NASA opened submissions for their #NASAMoonTunes project in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. These songs will also be added to the playlist of the 6-day voyage to the moon that NASA is preparing for 2024.
50 years ago, NASA was preparing to land humans on the Moon. Now, we’re getting ready to return by 2024. In honor of the #Apollo50th anniversary, we’re making a playlist fit for a lunar journey with @ThirdRockRadio. Til June 28, share a song you’d include with #NASAMoonTunes! pic.twitter.com/FXxHsz5Hjj
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) June 3, 2019
The first three songs announced were none other than BTS‘s “Mikrokosmos” and “134340”, and RM‘s “Moonchild”.
Wow, there are a lot of @BTS_twt & RM fans! Thanks for the submissions – we’ll add "Moonchild," "Mikrokosmos" & "134340" to the playlist! What other songs can we include on #NASAMoonTunes? https://t.co/nM3plxpMfL pic.twitter.com/BL9yBsOwQI
— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) June 4, 2019
There are no more fitting BTS songs for the playlist. “Mikrokosmos” refers to the concept of the human world being a smaller version (or “microcosm”) of the universe at large (or “macrocosm”).
“14340” is the asteroid number assigned to former-planet Pluto, and the lyrics can be interpreted from Pluto’s perspective as a planet that was cast away and stripped of its planetary status.
RM’s solo song “Moonchild” is pretty self-explanitory. In the lyrics RM talks to the figurative “moon children” who can’t embrace the warmth of the sunlight, but rather embrace their flaws and pain while blossoming in the moonlight.
We’re excited to see what other songs are included in NASA’s moon voyage playlist!