Gregory Porter performed a cover of America the Beautiful ahead of NASA’s launch of the Mars Perseverance rover on Thursday.

The Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and songwriter joined the live webcast to perform the song from his living room in California, accompanied by solo piano.

It’s the first time that NASA has invited a recording artist to perform for a Mars mission launch.

“I feel honoured to be invited by NASA to perform before this historic launch,” Porter said. “I have always been inspired by space exploration ever since I was a boy, and it continues to fill me with awe when I look to the sky at night. It is wonderful to be part of this spectacular event and share in a collective moment of interplanetary adventure with millions around the world.”

You can watch the performance below.