One small step for man, one giant leap for pop music as will.i.am's new single debuts on Mars

The Voice UK coach's track Reach for the Stars, featuring Britney Spears, will be beamed down from the red planet by Nasa's Curiosity rover

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One small step for man, one giant leap for pop music as will.i.am's new single debuts on Mars
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If you follow will.i.am on Twitter you’re probably aware of his passion for space exploration. He was among those tweeting as the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the red planet three weeks ago, and later appeared on the news to share his excitement about Nasa’s landmark achievement.

But now the Voice UK coach – who is expected to return for series two of the BBC talent show next year – is going one step (or should that be one giant leap?) further and debuting his new single on Mars.

At 7pm BST tonight, Curiosity will broadcast Reach for the Stars from the Martian surface down to Earth (the event will be streamed live on Nasa TV).

Featuring guest vocals by Britney Spears, the song will launch a project aimed at encouraging American schoolchildren to take up will.i.am's “passion for science, technology and space exploration.”

This morning. will.i.am tweeted “#blessed I will be a part of first song ever to be sent from another planet...mars to earth tomorrow go.nasa.gov/U6EJ3P #Curiosity.”

And he asked fellow celebs including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Oprah Winfrey, Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber to share the news with their followers: “Please spread the word...my song #reachforthestars is being beamed from mars to earth go.nasa.gov/U6EJ3P.”

For the sake of science, let's hope will.i.am's friends do as he asks – and that Reach for the Stars is a pretty catchy tune – because right now I can't get S Club 7 out of my head...