Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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In this video, astronaut Ed Lu plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on board the International Space Station in 2003 (Video courtesy of NASA). I can’t help but wonder what Beethoven would have thought about his music being performed in space. Was his music the first to be performed in space?


  1. #1 Wayne Baker
    September 13, 2009

    Performed on an instrument – likely.

    There are claims that Yuri Gagarin was the first to whistle a song in space and that Happy Birthday was the first song sung by the crew of the Apollo IX.

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