In August 2011, NASA launched an unmanned probe named Juno towards Jupiter. Juno is scheduled to enter the planet’s orbit on July 4th, and the excitement around this achievement inspired a pair of new tunes from Weezer and Trent Reznor.
Weezer announced the arrival of “I Love The USA” with an enthusiastic tweet on Wednesday night: “Celebrating @NASAJuno’s historic landing on 7/4 w/ a new song!” The band’s contribution starts as a simple piano ballad before building towards a climactic guitar solo and patriotic sentiments like, “Fuck yeah, this place is great!”
Reznor also has his eye on the next frontier, and he teamed up with his longtime film-scoring partner Atticus Ross to make “Juno.” The tune takes its time, stretching slowly past the eight-minute mark and affording listeners fewer opportunities for excited flag-waving.
While citizens enjoy their barbecues on July 4th, NASA’s probe will be facing a difficult test. “Juno will plunge into uncharted territory, entering orbit around the gas giant and passing closer than any spacecraft before,” NASA’s website explains. “But first it must pass the trial of orbit insertion.”