Beyoncé joined an elite list of artists earlier this month when a recorded wake-up call from the 4 singer was played for the crew of NASA’s space shuttle STS-135 Atlantis on Flight Day nine, Friday, July 8.
According to The Atlantic, on the morning of Flight Day nine, the Atlantis’ loudspeakers began playing Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls)” before the shuttle’s crew was greeted by a pre-recorded message from the singer herself.
“Good morning Atlantis, this is Beyoncé,” she said. “Sandy, Chris, Doug and Rex, you inspire all of us to dare to live our dreams, [and] to know that we’re smart enough and strong enough to achieve them. This song is especially for my girl, Sandy, and all the women who’ve taken us to space with them and the girls who are our future explorers.”
Afterwards, Sandy thanked Beyoncé for the warm greeting before beginning work on the shuttle, as shown in a video provided by NASA.
“Good morning, Houston. A big thanks to Beyoncé for taking the time out of her schedule to record us a greeting, and we’re ready for another day here on Atlantis,” said Sandy.
Throughout their mission, the astronauts have been receiving calls from a number of celebrities and political figures including Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John, Michael Stipe and President Barack Obama. While a call from President Obama surely sent the astronauts happily into orbit for the mission, we’ll bet that Beyoncé’s call sent the crew over the moon. – nicholas robinson