China's first moon explorer, Chang'e-1, will beam Chinese music to Earth when
it is launched next year, the country's lunar mission command centre announced
in Beijing on Friday.
"The lunar probe will transmit 30 pieces of Chinese music to Earth from an
orbit 380,000 kilometres away," Huang Qiang, spokesman for the Commission of
Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, told a press conference.
In April 1970, China's first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, transmitted "The East
is Red" the most popular song at the time from orbit.
But this time, songs and other musical pieces would be broadcast from a
distance that is several hundred times farther than Dongfanghong-1, Huang said.
Another difference is that the "playlist" on Chang'e-1 will be chosen by the
With support of the Chinese Musicians Association, the centre under Huang's
commission publicized on Friday a list of 152 titles mostly traditional Chinese
songs and opera selections.
The centre asked the public to select their 30 favourite songs from the
candidates. They can also post their own additions to the list, Huang said.
Voting can be made online at the website http://126.96.36.199, or through the
mail using coupons and information published in the July 17 issue of the China
Among the candidates are folk songs from Taiwan like "Mount Ali Girls," 1980s
hit songs from Hong Kong such as "My Chinese Heart," and ethnic minority tunes
including "The Mongolian."
Beijing resident Huang Bo said she believes that recommending music for the
satellite will draw more public attention to the otherwise relatively unfamiliar
In addition to traditional songs such as "My
Motherland," Huang said she also favoured more modern tunes, such as popular
songs from Hong Kong.