First Space-Earth Duet!

First Space-Earth Duet! NASA astronaut Cady Coleman teams up with legendary Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull). Dig the way the flute (and Cady’s hair) floats in the International Space Station, while Anderson salutes the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight.

via Joan Hogol , thanks for this amazing find! For my tribute to Yuri, see

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17 Responses to First Space-Earth Duet!

  1. Delightfully nutty! (But where did Ian’s hair go?)

  2. Rajini Rao says:

    He should have borrowed some from Cady, David Archer ! 🙂

  3. World’s first ZGF (zero-G flautist)?

  4. Rajini Rao says:

    Anybody know if/how zero-G affects sound and pitch?

  5. Rajini Rao Dunno – but the gas mixture and ambient pressure certainly would.

  6. Rajini Rao says:

    The flute like the weapon-tool! Paul Bosley 🙂

  7. Really Nice!

    On top of that, it’s Ian Anderson! He’s definitely not too old too rock! ;p

  8. Henk Poley says:

    Slight cognitive dissonance since this has to be edited together due to communication delays (damn you speed of light!). It was not really a duet in the real-time sense.

    But then probably most music is produced that way nowadays.

  9. Tom Lee says:

    Too cool to say anything else ! Rajini Rao Oh wait, Ian should ask Cady to play in Tull concerts if they still can play! Thanks for sharing.

  10. happy valentines day Rajini.

  11. A wonderfully bizarre video

  12. Joan Hogol says:

    Rajini Rao microgravity dosn’t affect sound and pitch but affect how to play some instruments.

    For example when you play piano you ‘experiment’ Newton’s Third law: “The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear”

    So, when you press a key down, the keyboard ‘press you up’. You must anchor your feet or you’ll fly to the ceiling 🙂

    This is a video where they explain this better than me 🙂

    Piano in space

    And a few more interesting links

  13. Rajini Rao says:

    Very cool info, Joan Hogol . Checking it out…

    Thanks again for finding this unexpected gem!

  14. Rajini Rao says:

    In addition to the little bits of technical insights on music in space, Joan Hogol ‘s links also point out that music is a great way to relieve the psychological stress of long stays in the Intl. Space Station. Check out the short interview with NPR (final link) to see more of Cady (and also Mark Kelly).

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