Sir Elton John croons ‘Rocket Man’ to wake up Atlantis crew

Updated: Jul 14, 2011, 17:22 PM IST

London: Sir Elton John woke up the crew aboard the International Space Station, where Atlantis is docked on its last mission, with his 70``s hit ‘Rocket Man’.

NASA played them a pre-recorded message from the singer as well as a half-minute of his Apollo-era 1972 song, reports the Sky News.

The six residents of the International Space Station joined the four astronauts on the last-ever shuttle mission.

Sir Elton said: "Good morning, Atlantis, this is Elton John. We wish you much success on your mission and a huge thank you to all the men and women at Nasa who worked on the shuttle for the last three decades."

Atlantis`` commander, Christopher Ferguson replied: "Elton John. Music legend. Wow. That is absolutely fantastic".

‘Rocket Man’ was on NASA``s Top 40 list of wake-up music for public voting earlier this year.

It won more than 4,300 votes for 17th place.