While we Earthlings went about our business and celebrated Xmas here on planet Earth, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station in orbit enjoyed their own brand of Xmas celebrating.
Astronauts have tweeted photos from space. Now, they’re sending back music, too. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, has just accomplished one of those firsts. He’s recorded a song, with him playing guitar and singing, while aboard the International Space Station. Yes, folks, “Jewel in the Night” is the first song recorded in space and you can listen to it right now.
Chris Hadfield recently arrived at the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 34 crew on December 21. The Canadian astronaut expects to become the first Canadian commander of the ISS in March 2013 and to stay for the long haul until May 2013.
According to the description Hadfield gave the YouTube video of the recording, the slight buzz that’s audible in the background is actually the station’s fans. From the way he’s talking on Twitter, it looks like “Jewel in the Night” won’t be the last song he records during his stay:
Hadfield shared the Soundcloud player and a YouTube video on Twitter, where he has been keeping people updated on his space adventures. Here is a sampling of his holiday tweets:
Our stockings are hung by the Node 3 hatch with care, in hope that St Nicklaus has a big red spacesuit. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) December 25, 2012
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