Thirty Seconds To Mars To Launch New Single … Into Outer Space

Band will send the first copy of 'Up In The Air' into orbit on board a SpaceX rocket.

Over the course of their career, whether they were filming videos in China, getting sued for a bazillion dollars (approximately ) or setting world records with their tours, Thirty Seconds To Mars have continued to prove that they only know one way of operating: in the grandest scale imaginable.

So it should come as no surprise that they’re planning to premiere their brand-new single in an appropriately massive manner … by launching it into outer space.

Yes, on Friday (March 1), Mars will send “Up In The Air” — the first single off their upcoming album — into the stratosphere, placing it aboard a SpaceX rocket that will blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida and dock with the International Space Station.

The rocket will be carrying a Dragon cargo capsule loaded with more than 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments, equipment and the first copy of “Up In The Air.” The launch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. ET, and fans can watch it all unfold at NASA’s official site.

Then, on Monday, March 18, Mars will visit NASA’s mission control complex in Houston, where they’ll conduct a live Q&A with Tom Marshburn, one of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The chat will be broadcast on the band’s website, and fans will also be able to hear “Up In The Air” for the first time. On Tuesday, March 19, the single will be made available to purchase through digital retailers.

There’s still no release date (or title) for Thirty Seconds To Mars’ new album, which is the follow-up to 2009′s massive This Is War. Last year, the band told MTV News that the record would be a “dramatic departure,” with frontman Jared Leto writing in recording around the globe, including one stint in India.

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