7 Musicians We'd Rather See Launched Into Space

Singer Sarah Brightman will be the first professional musician/space tourist. Awesome! But here are some other candidates we'd like to see, too.

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Milo Aukerman

Known For: Singing in the punk band The Descendents. Qualifications: We love our classical music, but we could go in another direction for our first musician/space tourist: Milo Aukerman holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and actually does academic research.Wikimedia Commons

Tom Scholz

Known For: Founding the rock band Boston. Qualifications: A bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. If the astronauts need some mechanical assistance, this is the musician they'd want on board.Wikimedia Commons

Mira Aroyo

Known For: Playing synth and singing in the electronic band Ladytron. Qualifications: Ph.D in genetics from Oxford. We're not going to be discovering any forms of life on this trip, but, for the sake of argument, let's say we did. Who do you want on board? Someone with an advanced degree in genetics.Wikimedia Commons via io9

Art Garfunkel

Known For: Being one half of Simon & Garfunkel Qualifications: Space travel could be stressful, and some some sweet acoustic guitar during the ride could ease that Oh, also: Garfunkel has a master's degree in math.Wikimedia Commons via Neatorama

Brian May

Known For: Being the guitarist for Queen. Qualifications: A Ph.D in astrophysics and an inimitably spacey guitar sound.Wikimedia Commons

David Bowie

Known For: Being David Bowie/Major Tom/Ziggy Stardust. Qualifications: Symbolic importance. No, he doesn't have an advanced degree in science or tech, but we'd be remiss in not adding the original Starman to this list.Wikimedia Commons

Scott Stapp

Known For: Being the lead singer and lyricist for the rock band Creed. Qualifications: We'd like to see everything associated with Creed jettisoned to outer space. See more musicians with degrees at io9 and Neatorama.Wikimedia Commons