Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary writes final shuttle fanfare

Bear McCreary made Battlestar Galactica and Caprica rock—so why shouldn't he do the same for the last NASA shuttle launch in U.S. history?

Well ... maybe "rock" isn't the right word. Because it was sorta sad.

Here's some of what McCreary had to say about "Fanfare for STS-135," which he composed for today's emotional farewell:

Inspired specifically by this launch, the fanfare recording was produced by myself, actor / filmmaker Seth Green and director / writer Michael Dougherty. Seth and Michael's enthusiasm and support was instrumental in bringing this piece to life.

Making the musical leap from science fiction to science fact is truly humbling. I was thrilled for the opportunity to help honor the brave men and women who risk their lives to push the boundaries of human exploration. In particular, this composition is dedicated to the space shuttle Atlantis crew of Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley, and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.

While STS-135 represents our final shuttle flight, it certainly does not signify the end of manned space travel or exploration of the cosmos. This mission is the end of one era and the dawn of the next. There is both celebration and reflection at hand. ...

I believe the future of humanity lies beyond our Earthly origins. While the end of the shuttle program may feel like a step away from that goal, I trust that both government programs and private enterprise will expand our horizons, as we careen ever upwards.

This launch serves as an important marker in our history as a nation and as a species. I am deeply honored that "Fanfare for STS-135″ may contribute in some small way to the final shuttle launch in our nation's history.

Let's hope when it's time for NASA to start sending people into space again that they give McCreary another call!

(via Bear's Battlestar Blog)

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