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NASA partners with Apple on Jupiter mission soundtrack

Space agency and iPhone maker team up to create songs inspired by Juno probe's mission.

"Visions of Harmony" is designed to highlight "the link between exploring space and making music."

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Space exploration and music have a long history together, with astronauts on moon missions traditionally being woken up by mission control with a musical selection.

So it makes sense that with the Juno probe mere days from its destination of Jupiter's orbit, NASA would like some music to mark the occasion. So the US space agency teamed up with Apple to offer songs inspired by the mission.

As part of the collaboration, Apple launched a Destination: Jupiter page on iTunes on Thursday that features songs by Brad Paisley, Corrine Bailey Rae, Trent Reznor and others. The songs sell for $1.29 apiece.

The partnership also yielded a short film called "Visions of Harmony," which Apple says highlights "the link between exploring space and making music." It features songs from artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails front man Reznor.

After nearly five years en route to Jupiter, Juno is set to arrive in Jupiter's polar orbit on July 4. From there, it will study the planet's poles, composition, atmosphere, magnetosphere, weather and gravity.