Nasa took to Twitter to announce the collaboration. It wrote: “Sound the epic collaboration alarm! We teamed up with music icon Sia to celebrate the upcoming first flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.”
Nasa JPL likewise tweeted: “We’re all floatin’ through space. Sia created a fun, fact-filled music video featuring the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter as it gets closer to attempting the first powered flight on another planet.”
The helicopter is a self-sufficient aircraft that was carried to Mars connected to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which landed on the red planet on 18 February. It is a vital part of Perseverance’s mission into the unknown.
The video shows how engineers create and test the helicopter, as well as mapping other aspects of the entire mission. It is also loaded up with facts explaining what’s going on through pop-up bubbles.
The song “Floating through Space” was first debuted during the artist’s directorial feature debut Music, which received criticism for its depiction of a nonverbal individual with autism by a neurotypical actor, Maddie Ziegler, as well as its depiction of a widely condemned method of restraint. Subsequently, the vocalist declared that a warning will show up towards the start of the film, explicitly about scenes portraying restraint.
Sia tweeted at the time: “I promise, have been listening. The motion picture Music will be moving forward, have this warning at the head of the movie.”
She added: “MUSIC in no way condones or recommends the use of restraint on autistic people. There are autistic occupational therapists that specialise in sensory processing who can be consulted to explain safe ways to provide proprioceptive, deep-pressure feedback to help w meltdown safety.”