For years it’s been a NASA tradition that its explorers receive unique wakeup calls. The all-Navy crew of Apollo 12 was awakened to a bugle and boatswain’s pipe on its November 1969 journey to the Moon. There have been more than a few college fight songs and pieces of classical music.
Five days into his first spaceflight – which launched on July 4, 2006, on board the Space Shuttle Discovery – this is what Mike Fossum heard:
Lord of heaven and earth / Lord of all creation / Lord of heaven and earth / Lord of all creation / Of water, earth and sky / Your heavens are Your tabernacle / Glory to the Lord on high / God of wonders beyond our galaxy / You are holy, holy...The clip was from the song “God of Wonders,” and Fossum’s family picked the tune.