The idea of incorporating Juanes into the broadcast of Perseverance's arrival on Mars came from Elizabeth Landau, a contractor in NASA's science department and who also worked for the The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the NASA.
Landau discovered Juanes more than a decade ago on his trips to Spain. The first song he heard from the singer was "Photography" with Nelly Furtado.
It wasn't until Juanes' 2018 concert in Los Angeles, which Landau attended, that the idea of a collaboration with NASA was generated.
"I went to the concert for this album and it started with images of the planet Mars and I loved it," says Landau.
“This year, when I started to work more with María José Viñas (head of communications in Spanish for NASA) and I found out that we were going to have a show in Spanish about the landing of the Perseverance rover, I remembered this moment of the concert. I said 'ok, we have to invite Juanes because he already has this interest and has that song,' "he says.
Landau refers to" My Plans are to Love You. "
Landau is not the only fan of the singer at NASA. Bettina Inclán , who worked in the Communications department of the Agency, is also a fan of the "Black Shirt" interpreter and her incorporation into the program in Spanish was a "parting gift" after leaving her post.
“She really gave so much support to this initiative of the Spanish communications program and for me personally, telling her that Juanes was participating in this program seemed like a fantastic farewell gift for her,” says María José Viñas, NASA spokesperson in Spanish. .
In his message to NASA, Juanes sent a “hug of congratulations and good luck to all the Latin NASA team… Latinos who have made it possible for the Perseverance rover to land on Mars, again, this time with HD cameras everywhere, "said the singer.
What song by Juanes would sound on Mars?
For Landau, that first song with which he discovered Juanes is the one that precisely, if he could, he would choose for Perseverance to play on Mars.
" A I can think of is Photograph . The rover when it is on Mars, it is only in our photos ”, says Landau.
“ Photography ”is part of the album“ A Normal Day ”, which was released in 2002.
A historic event
Although this is the fifth landing From a NASA rover on Mars, the Perseverance is the most sophisticated the Space Agency has ever sent to the Red Planet.
This rover will be NASA's first to look for signs of ancient life on another planet.
Also, this was the the first time that NASA broadcasts in Spanish the arrival of a rover to another planet. For the Agency it was a matter of representation.
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“We wanted to make it very broad, to involve the entire Hispanic community in general, to show the diversity of Hispanics in NASA in important positions. That there are Hispanics at NASA and in many other relevant places in the United States and that we are all together persevering in this project, "said María José Viñas, spokesperson in Spanish for the NASA.
Among those Hispanic women, Diana Trujillo, the Colombian aerospace engineer, stands out. who worked the robotic arm that will collect samples on Mars.
Also, this is the first time that a rover will record the sound of the Red Planet, according to NASA .
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