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Jack White wants otherworldly record

Jack White plans to have the first vinyl record played in outer space.

The former lead singer of The White Stripes has revealed his out of this world hopes with his label Third Man.

Jack released a single featuring lyrics by wheelchair-bound theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking as a tribute to his fellow astronomer Carl Sagan who died in 1996. Composer John Boswell set the lyrics to various instruments for A Glorious Dawn, which was released in 2009.

"We put out a record on Third Man," Jack told Interview magazine.

"That's one of the records that I'm proudest of having released. Carl Sagan was a huge influence We have a secret project at Third Man where we want to have the first vinyl record played in outer space.

"We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player, and possibly that Carl Sagan record, and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play."

Jack is famed for his quirky ideals and aesthetic.

The star grew up in Detroit and has responded to claims that it was a "pretty rough place" to live. The 36-year-old star says he became street-wise as a result of his younger years.

"Not too much. You know, I think you learn how to walk down the street in a certain way," he smiled.

"I think you just learn to have a way about yourself, a style of walking down the street, that keeps people away from you."

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