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will.i.am to write space song

will.i.am has reportedly been approached by NASA to write a song for a future space mission.

The Black Eyed Peas star is believed to be penning the track for a trip to planet Mars.

In what would be a world first, the song's debut will be played in outer space and transmitted back to mission control.

"Will has a natural affiliation with NASA and even namechecked them on his single T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever). He's always keen to get involved in their projects and this was an opportunity he couldn't turn down," a source told British newspaper The Sun. "NASA feel Will is the ideal figure to appeal to a mainstream audience and promote their technologies."

will.i.am is known for his interest in the universe and has collaborated with the American space agency in the past.

The musician has previously recorded a public service announcement for the NASA TV channel and helped to promote their work in a bid to get young people interested in science.

The star will apparently record the track once the current season of the UK version of The Voice wraps.

The song could potentially become a bonus track for his upcoming album #willpower.

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