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NASA Contest Searches For Endeavour's Song

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is cosmic tunes.

Today, NASA launches the Endeavour, the next to last space shuttle mission. The space agency invited the public to submit original songs to be played for Endeavour's crew. More than 1,000 entries came in and a shortlist was put to a public vote on the Internet.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And two songs are now neck and neck.

(Soundbite of song, "Dreams You Give")

THE PLUNKETTS: (Singing) Some dreams you wake from. Some dreams you live.

MONTAGNE: This one is called "Dreams You Give." It's from a family group, The Plunketts, in Hathaway, Missouri. The other top vote getter comes from a group in Spain. That song is called "Sunrise Number One."

(Soundbite of song, "Sunrise Number One")

Unidentified People (Music Group): (Singing) Come to wake up and see the first sunrise (unintelligible)...

MONTAGNE: The tune that gets the most votes will be played on the last day of the mission, when the crew wakes up for landing.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Renee, I thought you were going to make a submission.

MONTAGNE: Yeah. Well, you know how well I sing, Steve.

INSKEEP: Yeah. I thought you were going to sing "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone."

(Soundbite of laughter)

MONTAGNE: Well, this is all about waking. I don't think that's quite - you know, look, they're waking up, they're going to hear this song. You wouldn't want me to...

INSKEEP: Well, let's listen to this song. I'm Steve Inskeep.

(Soundbite of song, "Sunrise Number One")

Unidentified Singers: (Singing) ...such a sight to behold. Black, orange sunset fades into night life... Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.