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Cruisin' At Lightspeed: Songs For Space Travel

Space Travel
Chip Somodevilla
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Mankind has been dreaming about flying in space ever since we began looking up to the stars. Once flight and space travel became a reality, songs about flying to the heavens entered the mainstream musical world. If Nicolaus Copernicus were around in '69, he'd surely have put on his gold lipstick, striped disco spacesuit and cherry-red platform boots, and gotten down and dirty with David Bowie's stellar grooves. Go ahead, Nico: "Houston, we have liftoff."

If you were on an intergalactic road trip, what songs would you blast from the shuttle's speakers? Tell us in the comments.

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Chris Boros