Rusty Hodge, Mission Control Music Director

In addition to being the music director for Mission Control, I am the founder of SomaFM. I program music for several SomaFM channels, including Groove Salad, Secret Agent, Drone Zone, Space Station Soma and Digitalis.

A while back, on a whim I decided to mix in live audio from a Space Shuttle launch with our Space Station Soma music. I got a lot of great feedback on it, and did it again for the next launch.

I've always been fascinated by space exploration, since I was a very young kid watching the Moon landing on a 9" black and white TV. So when NASA celebrated the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 by rebroadcasting the mission audio in real time, but 40 years delayed in July of 2009, I knew that SomaFM had to add a soundtrack to it. That's how our Mission Control channel started.

Now the Shuttle program is over, we mix in historical recordings of the Apollo missions. I hope you like it as much as I do!