NASA has teamed up with Apple on a short film, “Visions of Harmony”, celebrating the imminent arrival of its Juno probe at Jupiter this Monday, July 4. It’s available for free on iTunes and Apple Music, and features music by former Nine Inch Nails frontman and current Apple Music executive Trent Reznor, as well as Weezer, GZA the Genius and Zoe.
Artist’s rendering of JUNO spacecraft orbiting Jupiter. Image: NASA/JPL/Caltech
It’s been a long journey for Juno, which launched in 2011 and is now just days away from its destination. As Gizmodo’s Maddie Stone reported earlier:
When NASA’s Juno spacecraft — a 181kg box of reinforced titanium strapped to a 20m-long solar panel — arrives in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, humans will be able to peer beneath the monstrous gas giant’s upper atmosphere for the first time, into the layers of poisonous thunder clouds packed below. Over the course of a year, Juno will map the entire surface of Jupiter, all the while using nine scientific instruments to probe the gas giant’s interior composition and powerful magnetic field. “Nobody’s ever seen Jupiter the way we will,” Juno mission director Scott Bolton told Gizmodo.
By the time the spacecraft makes its suicide plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere, we’ll have a detailed understanding of the gas giant’s inner workings, and a better picture of how our solar system formed.
The film opens with Scott Bolton, Juno’s principal investigator, reminiscing about the first time he saw the night sky unhampered by light pollution, and found himself overcome with wonder and awe. It’s a sentiment shared by musician Corinne Bailey Rae, among others, epitomising the deep connection between science and music that is the central thesis of the film. The background music, by Reznor and Atticus Ross, was inspired by the sounds emitted by Jupiter, recorded by NASA instruments.
NASA and Apple also created a featured section, Destination Jupiter, on Apple Music, collecting all the music sampled in the film. The eight songs span a range of styles, from country and R&B, to rap/hip-hop and alternative:
“Juno“, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
“I Love the USA“, Weezer.
“The Skies Will Break (Juno Mix)“, Corinne Bailey Rae.
“Sister“, Brad Paisley.
“The Spark“, GZA the Genius.
“Everything (the Universe)”, feat. Jim James.
Conspicuously absent: Train’s “Drops of Jupiter“. Ah well, maybe there will be sequel.