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This Christmas Tune Was Written By An Astronaut And Recorded in Space

Listen to the first song written specifically to be performed in space

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Commander Chris Hadfield controls the Canadarm from the Space Shuttle Atlantic. Photo: Col. Chris Hadfield

Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, arrived at the International Space Station on December 19 for a planned five month stint aboard the orbiting platform. The trip is Hadfield’s third and longest jaunt into space, and as a way to kill some downtime, says the Canadian Space Agency, Hadfield—an accomplished musician—has plans to record himself strumming and singing away.

The first fruits of that labor are now ready, says The Atlantic‘s Rebecca Rosen, marking “the first original song written for and performed on the International Space Station.”

Christmas may be over, but Hadfield’s first performance, an original song released on December 24 and dubbed “Jewel in the Night,” could be a good way to hold on the season’s spirit a little longer.

“Listen closely,” says Universe Today’s Nancy Atkinson, “and you can hear the slight buzz of the station’s fans in the background.”

The song was not the first to ever be recorded in space, says Rosen for the Atlantic, but rather the first to be written specifically for a zero-gravity performance.

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Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.

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