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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Duet from Space

The song, called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," focuses on an astronaut missing home

Source: CBC Music

An astronaut and a rock singer recorded an original song together and released it Feb. 8 as the first duet of new music performed simultaneously in space and on the ground.

A rocket launch and the beauty of planet Earth are the subjects of the song, performed in space by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, while accompanied by Canadian singer Ed Robertson of the band Barenaked Ladies, and others on Earth.

The song, called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," focuses on the experience of a person in space missing his loved ones on the Earth below:

"If you could see our nation from the International Space Station, you'd know why I want to get back soon."

Hadfield and Robertson began co-writing the song when Hadfield was still in training in Russia for his five-month mission on the International Space Station. Next month, Hadfield will be the first Canadian commander on the orbiting complex when the Expedition 35 mission begins. [Astronaut Rock: NASA's Final Space Shuttle Wake Songs]

You can listen to Hadfield and Robertson's space song here:


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Jodi Stanley

Godspeed, Chris! Thanks Ed and crew for joining in the harmony of our humanity!

February 12 2013 at 6:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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