On June 13, 2008, NASA transmitted this song to space, playing it to wake up the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The song was chosen by congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the wife of Shuttle commander Mark Kelly. Giffords was the representative from the 8th congressional district, which includes Tucson, where Calexico is based.
In our interview with Joey Burns of Calexico
, he explained: "Gabby asked us to pick a song and we chose
'Crystal Frontier.' I thought, what better way to wake up than with an upbeat song with lots of trumpets."
On January 8, 2011, Giffords was shot by a crazed gunman during an appearance. She survived, and in May Kelly found himself back in space, this time aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. With Giffords recovering, Kelly asked Calexico for a wake-up song, and the group chose their track "Slowness