Thursday, February 10, 2011

Astronaut Performs Flute Solos On Station

American astronaut is spending her spare time serenading her International Space Station crewmates with four flutes she hauled up to the outpost, including two from the world's most popular players of traditional Irish music.

Coleman, 50, who launched to the station from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late last year, brought along a penny whistle and a flute from the Chieftains and a flute from Ian Anderson, the celebrated flutist from the rock band Jethro Tull. She also brought her own musical instrument, a flute made in Massachusetts.

See and hear all about it in this NASA TV Interview, which includes a short solo performance.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: International Space Station flight engineer Cady Coleman (far right) fields questions during a space-to-ground interview this week. Outpost commander Scott Kelly is seen in the center of the shot, flanked by Italian astronaut Paulo Nespoli of the European Space Agency. Photo Credit: NASA TV

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