It’s not every day that you can pick up a telephone and speak directly with an astronaut floating around the International Space Station. But that’s just what Thirty Seconds To Mars did yesterday.
To launch their latest album LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS, the band decided to shoot for the stars with their first single “Up In The Air.”
On March 1, the trio handed over a CD with a hand-written note to officials at Florida’s Cape Canaveral who then loaded it aboard theSpaceX Drag Cargo Capsule destined for the International Space Station. After being received successfully, the astronauts were the first men to hear the band’s new single.
Yesterday (March 18) the Jared Leto and brother Shannon, along with guitarist Tomo Miličević spoke with Expedition 35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn from the Flight Control Room at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Their eighteen minute conversation included topics of food, dreams, music, and daily life in space and ended with a heartfelt thank you.
Leto explained to KROQ Los Angeles’ Kevin & Bean that he and Shannon’s grandfather was in the Air Force and FAA. “We used to come visit him in Houston and always used to drive by NASA, so there’s a bit of a history there.”
“You’ve made a dream come true here, all of you guys, so NASA thank you. We love you guys we’ll see you next time.” And with that, Leto hung up the phone with a smile from ear to ear.
Love Lust Faith + Dreams hits stores May 21 on Capital Records.