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Identifying the song for this week’s Name that Tech Tune contest is the easy part. But this is a two-step challenge, and the ultimate answer we’re looking for is considerably harder than that: What is the significance of this song in Space Shuttle history?

Up for grabs are two new games for Xbox 360: Nat Geo TV and Sesame Street TV, interactive television titles that leverage the Kinect sensor. From the pool of correct answers, we’ll pick one person at random to win both.

Listen to the song here, and if you can figure out its role in Space Shuttle history, send your answer to

Name that Tech Tune is a regular feature of the GeekWire radio show and podcast, which airs on 97.3 KIRO-FM in Seattle at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, except when preempted by live sports. The show runs every weekend on  Also search for the show on Stitcher.

We chose this challenge in honor of Doug King, the Museum of Flight CEO, who is our guest on this week’s show, talking about the upcoming debut of the Space Shuttle Trainer in Seattle.

For more context, here’s the full Name that Tech Tune segment from the show.

Don’t forget: We’re looking not just for the name of the song, but also for its significance in Space Shuttle history. Send your answer to

Check back next week for the answer and winner, and thanks for playing!

Update, Nov. 9: The Song is “Don’t Panic,” by Coldplay, and it was the last song played to wake up the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 , in July 2011 — on the final morning for any Space Shuttle to be docked to the International Space Station. Congrats to our winner, Randy Hunt.

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