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Apr. 11, 2011

Space Flute Duet

by Katherine

One of my favorite science-related Jerry Seinfeld bits goes like this:

What the hell were they doing with a car on the god**** moon? You’re on the moon already! Isn’t that far enough? There is no more male idea in the history of the universe than why don’t we fly up to the moon and drive around. That is the essence of male thinking right there.

It does seem pretty absurd…but in Apollo 15′s defense, what are you supposed to do when you get up there? Even prosaic activities seem super-weird and/or super-awesome if you’re doing them in space.

Likewise, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman plays the flute in her earth-bound life. So it seems bizarre and wonderful that she also likes to play in space. Coleman, who’s currently onboard the International Space Station, brought a few musical instruments with her. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin‘s historic first space flight, Coleman played the song “Bourree” by Jethro Tull. She was joined by Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, who sent in his part from the ground in Russia. Here’s the result of their cosmic duet:

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