Will.i.am has said that he was delighted after NASA asked him to pen the first song, which they will play on Mars.
“I don’t think I can talk about it, but there is a rocket going to Mars, it lands in August and when in lands it will send back a signal to earth and that signal will be the song,” the Mirror quoted him as saying on Graham Norton’s BBC1 chat show.
“This project with NASA is to help inspire kids to get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“My mission is to inspire the youth to care about education,” he added.
News of his space venture came just one day after it emerged that he donated his 500,000-pound fee from ‘The Voice’ to The Prince’s Trust, and a fortnight after he carried the Olympic torch.
Norton’s fellow guest, veteran actress Miriam Margolyes, was clearly impressed by his many good deeds.
“You’re fabulous! How unexpected that a rapper would do this.
“I don’t have a very positive attitude towards rappers. I don’t really know any, you’re the first one I’ve actually talked to,” she said.
Will.i.am, 37, said he tweeted while carrying the torch because he’d been banned from revealing his involvement in the event prior to that.
“That’s when I was allowed to tweet about it. When they created the Olympics there wasn’t Twitter.
“The torch is a light and all I was doing was sending the light across the planet,” he said.
On his donation to The Princes Trust Will.i.am said: “I had so much fun doing The Voice and your country didn’t need to accept me the way it did.
“I just didn’t feel taking the money I earned so wanted to use it for some good,” he said.