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Listen To The First Song Recorded Aboard The International Space Station

Listen To The First Song Recorded Aboard The International Space Station

How did you spend your holidays? Visited family? That's nice. Cooked a ham? Cool. Tried out your new iPad Mini? Fascinating. Recorded an original Christmas song in outer space? No? Well, that's okay. I'm sure your parents really loved that copy of Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor you bought from your neighbor after accidentally spending all of your gift money on a new iPad Mini for yourself. You know what would've been a better gift, though? Recording an original Christmas song in outer space.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield wins the gift-giving award this year for his ridiculously awesome present to Planet Earth (and beyond). On December 23, Hadfield became the first person to record a song on the International Space Station when he performed a Christmas carol he wrote called "Jewel in the Night." He also co-wrote a tune with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, which the duo will transmit into space this coming year. The song, aptly titled "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," will utilize a new infrastructure that allows a piece of music to travel at least 600 kilometers. Robertson, Hadfield, and a choir of school children will all participate in the song's intergalactic premiere. Science!

Stream "Jewel in the Night" below.


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