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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Oct 9, 2006 1:59:49 GMT -6
Thirty Songs To Be Broadcast From Lunar-Probing Satellite
Beijing (Xinhua) Oct 09, 2006 China announced a list of 30 songs to be broadcast to Earth next year from its first lunar-probing satellite, the authorities said. The Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, in charge of the lunar project, announced Friday a list of 30 tunes to be played from the lunar-probing satellite, which coincides with this year's traditional Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Festival, a time for family reunions.
The songs were chosen according to public votes and by a panel of experts, organized by the commission, China Central Television and China Musicians Association.
Experts said these songs can express Chinese people's love for the motherland, for life, peace and their pursuit of truth and nature, which will showcase the beauty of Chinese culture and its influence.
Most of the songs were Chinese folk songs. The song got most votes was folk song "My Wonderful Home Town", followed by "I Love China", "Singing Praises of Motherland" and 27 others.
The songs were chosen from a list of 152 songs put forward by the commission's Lunar Probe Engineering Center, which includes music from the country's 56 ethnic groups, pop music from the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong and opera soundtracks.
China's national anthem and "The East is Red", a tribute song to Mao Zedong, which was broadcast in 1970 from the country's first man-made terrestrial satellite, will also be played from the satellite.
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