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Orbital Simulator

by Justin Graham

The nine songs played are nine songs NASA has sent to Space Shuttle missions as “wakeup calls” to wake up the astronauts. The missions match the numbers on the rockets. Using the NOAA site, you can find sunrise times for the cities provided on the date of the wakeup call (clued by the wakeup call theme and “first thing in the morning”). Ordering by sunrise time and taking the minute value yields the phrase NOW OR XMAS. Both could be described as PRESENT DAY

Sunrise time Location Date STS Mission Wake up Song
5:14 Berlin 7/23/01 STS 104 "Honey, I'm Home" by Shania Twain
5:15 Moscow 5/17/97 STS 84 “Hold On, I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave
5:23 Tokyo 9/15/95 STS 69 “He’s A Tramp” from the cartoon movie “Lady and the Tramp”
6:15 Buenos Aires 10/13/00 STS 92 "Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock
6:18 Bangkok 3/27/09 STS 119 "Bright Side of the Road" by Van Morrison
6:24 Jerusalem 12/4/96 STS 80 “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash
7:13 Detroit 2/26/11 STS 133 “Woody’s Roundup” performed by Riders in the Sky
8:01 Bismarck 11/25/08 STS 126 “Fever” by Bandella
8:19 Stockholm 12/2/97 STS 87 “Centerfield” by John Fogerty