Have you always dreamt of becoming astronauts? From now on, you can arise in the morning just like them. When they are far away in space, NASA makes sure to give its astronauts a taste of home and wake them up with their favorite songs. A playlist from outer space
Michal Weissbrod | Translation: Karen Tocatly
The astronauts sent to space on NASA’s latest missions were in for a pleasant surprise: every morning one song was chosen for them, a song to begin a new day in space. Not many artists have had the privilege of saying that a piece of theirs has been played outside the planet earth, but here is a sample of the musical tastes of astronauts. From classical music to Elton John-a compilation CD is soon to come.
Waltz with No Gravity
Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang took off to space in December of 2006 and managed to do quite a bit: during a video conference call with the Swedish royal family, Christer broke the (outer) world record in the Frisbee toss when he managed to keep it in the air for 25 whole seconds.
Without gravity, it seems, the task is fairly easier. Two days later, Christer awoke to the sounds of “The Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss: the song he danced to with his wife on their wedding day.
Rock in space
The “Discovery” Space Shuttle conducted 39 flights, stayed in space for over 240 days and journeyed a distance of 195,938,294 kilometers. On its last flight, the astronauts awoke to a live show, which was performed especially for them in the Boston Control Center. The rock band “Big Head Todd and the Monsters” performed the song “Blue Sky” and transmitted it live to the space shuttle.
Thank You from Elton John
The last mission of the “Atlantis” Space Shuttle, which sealed the era of space shuttle missions to space, left on its way on July 8th 2011. Throughout the historical flight in space the astronauts awoke to the sounds of “Rocket Man” by Elton John. In a recorded message, the singer wished them the best of luck and thanked the people of NASA for 30 years of space shuttle flights.
Arik Einstein in Space
The first Hebrew sounds heard in space were of the song “What do you do when you get up in the morning?” by famed Israeli artist Arik Einstein, who was Colonel Ilan Ramon’s favorite singer.
The combat pilot and first Israeli astronaut took off to space in the “Columbia” space shuttle. Among other things, Ramon took with him the IAF flag, a flag with the symbol of the Israeli Space Agency, a drawing created by a boy in Terezín Ghetto from “Yad Va’Shem” Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ museum. On February 1st 2003, the space shuttle disintegrated when it entered the atmosphere on its way back. Its seven astronauts were killed.
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