Category Archives: Space Music

Space music video: NASA astronaut Drew Feustel on the ISS

Astronaut Drew Feustel gives an excellent performance in this music video recorded on the International Space Station with gorgeous views of the earth passing below:

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel recorded this music video from space. Feustel launched to the International Space Station in March 2018 and is currently serving as Expedition 56 Commander. Drew thanks all who helped bring this to life, including his friend, Gord Sinclair, for giving him permission to use the song, and the crew of Expeditions 55 and 56 for their support and participation in NASA’s human space exploration mission.

Here is a Chris Hadfield’s famous rendition of Space Oddity on the ISS:

Hadfield also performed the song I.S.S. simultaneously with Barenaked Ladies and a choir back on earth:


The High Frontier: An Easier Way

Space Music: The Planets at 100 + A new suite of Planets for 2018

On the 100th anniversary of the debut of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite, Brian Cox compares the actual planets to their personas in the music: Brian Cox on Holst’s Planets then and now – The Guardian

When The Planets was completed in 1916, little was known about the physical nature of the worlds represented musically by Gustav Holst, and he didn’t care. His focus was on the planets as metaphors for different facets of the psyche; War, Peace, Jollity, Old Age, Messenger, Magician and Mystic. Indeed, Holst wrote parts of the work as stand-alone pieces and co-opted them later.

Today we have visited all the planets and our discoveries have replaced their ancient astrological characters. At first sight, this new knowledge might appear to jar with Holst’s work, but this would be a superficial conclusion to draw. The planets have histories far richer than Holst could have imagined and reality delivers more powerful metaphors than myth. Set against what we now know, Holst’s work catalyses new ideas and generates powerful intellectual challenges which enrich and inform important debates in progress today, as art with depth can and perhaps must do.

Here is one orchestral rendition of the Suite:

A review of each planet: ‘The Planets’ at 100: A listener’s guide to Holst’s solar system | MPR News

A music project has created a new 21st Century version of the Planets suite: The Planets 2018 – Ligeti Quartet – SOUND UK

The idea to reimagine The Planets using modern science came from the young British composer Samuel Bordoli who, along with producers Sound UK, paired up each musician with a planet and a mentor and asked them each to write a five-minute piece for string quartet. Titled The Planets 2018, the results are to be performed by the Ligeti Quartet in planetariums across the country from Saturday.

The timing is neat. Not only does the first concert mark 100 years to the day that Holst first debuted his Planets suite, but Greenwich – where the planetarium tour begins – is the location where astronomers conclusively disproved Lowell’s claim of a Martian army building waterways 33.5 million miles away.



Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – June.22.2018 + A music video for Scott Tingle

Here is the latest Space to Ground report from NASA on this week’s activities related to the International Space Station:

Here is a music video from NASA astronaut Scott Tingle’s son who

wrote, produced, and sent to him in space the song “To Touch the Stars” in honor of his family’s journey to reach his dreams.

Tingle played guitar at a professional level in a band as a young man. He returned to earth  on June 3rd after 6 months on the ISS.

Here is a NASA video about eating in space:

Astronauts on the International Space Station get food that’s carefully chosen for its nutritional value and specially prepared and packaged to be easily accessible to them in a weightless world on orbit. Could the same food feed the needs of people stuck on planet Earth? We conducted an experiment to find out how well two regular people could get by eating only astronaut food for a full week—a week that included a holiday weekend feast, just to up the difficulty factor. Could they resist the lure of their favorite foods? Take a look at how they fared…

How to navigate in space by the stars: Deep Space Navigation: Tool Tested as Emergency Navigation Device | NASA

A tool that has helped guide sailors across oceans for centuries is now being tested aboard the International Space Station as a potential emergency navigation tool for guiding future spacecraft across the cosmos. The Sextant Navigation investigation tests use of a hand-held sextant aboard the space station. 

Sextants have a telescope-like optical sight to take precise angle measurements between pairs of stars from land or sea, enabling navigation without computer assistance. NASA’s Gemini missions conducted the first sextant sightings from a spacecraft, and designers built a sextant into Apollo vehicles as a navigation backup in the event the crew lost communications from their spacecraft. Jim Lovell demonstrated on Apollo 8 that sextant navigation could return a space vehicle home. Astronauts conducted additional sextant experiments on Skylab.