Coleman says she was so busy when she was on the station that she was not able to play as much as she wanted. However, when she did, she would sit in the Cupola surrounded by windows looking down on the Earth.
“It’s such a fantastical thing to be looking out of the window and to see the Earth from that perspective. When I hear some of that music, it takes me back to what it felt like to play at the same time.”
To see Coleman in action watch this amazing duet from space (another space first) with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.
Coleman is not in fact the first astronaut to take a flute into space. That honour goes to Ellen Ochoa who played her flute on the Shuttle in 1993.
2. First cosmic folk band
Coleman is a member of astronaut folk music band Bandella, which also includes current ISS Commander Chris Hadfield. Being away from his fellow band members has not stopped Hadfield from performing with them. A talented singer and guitarist, he has appeared via video from space at several Bandella gigs. He has also duetted from space with folk group the Chieftains and with Canadian band Barenaked Ladies accompanied by a children’s choir (I defy you not to be moved by these videos).
Other space station performers have included Esa astronaut Thomas Reiter, who played classical guitar on Russian space station Mir.
1. First space orchestra… waiting to happen
The ISS currently boasts a Yamaha keyboard and a Ukulele, although it is not clear if they are getting much use. Nasa astronaut Don Pettit also recently made a didgeridoo out of the station’s vacuum cleaner (Incidentally, Pettit’s wife sings in Bandella). Perhaps it is only a matter of time before the first track conceived, written and played in space is recorded by the first space orchestra.
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