In Spring 1982, the Canadian band Rush was invited to watch the Columbia Space Shuttle launch. Drummer and band lyricist was inspired to then write the words to 'Countdown' which was released on Rush's Signals album in September 1982 release.
I've heard bassist Geddy Lee say in interviews that they felt the song didn't work, that it was too much a 'thesis'. It's a great song accompanied by a great video with NASA video included.
I will take this down if need be.