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Bagpipes played in space for the first time


Posted on Sunday, 15 November, 2015 | Comment icon 21 comments

Lindgren managed to play the bagpipes with ease. Image Credit: YouTube / NASA Johnson
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren recorded a video of himself playing the instrument as a tribute to Victor Hurst.
In a scene not dissimilar to the ending of 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan', the sound of 'Amazing Grace' being played on the bagpipes drifted through the International Space Station this week in tribute to research scientist and instructor Victor Hurst who passed away last month.

The instrument, which had never been played in space before, was built out of plastic by a company in Scotland to make it lighter and easier to operate.

"The thing about bagpipes is that they're very difficult to play at high altitude because the air is that bit thinner," said MacCallum Bagpipes director Kenny MacLeod.

"They're quite hard to blow so he's done well."


Source: 9news.com.au | Comments (21)

Tags: Bagpipes, ISS

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Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 November, 2015, 8:05
I guess he did well enough they didn't throw him out the airlock. This is how well he did: NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren plays Amazing Grace on the bagpipesNASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren plays Amazing Grace on the bagpipes from the International Space Station. Kjell is a member of the Expedition 44/45 crew.Credit: NASA JohnsonSource: NASA Johnson - YouTube Channel
Comment icon #13 Posted by GreenmansGod on 16 November, 2015, 12:34
I heard it the first time, Waspie I am not much for pipes, even though I like Celtic music. Like I said, he did well enough not to be thrown out the airlock.
Comment icon #14 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake on 16 November, 2015, 18:26
Next up ... Riverdance in Space ~ already happened!
Comment icon #15 Posted by third_eye on 16 November, 2015, 18:27
already happened! ~media snip Okay then ... next up ~ Natasha the Supreme Inter Galactic Pole Dancer ... ~edit : page break
Comment icon #16 Posted by Paranomali on 17 November, 2015, 13:47
This is pretty impressive. Good on him
Comment icon #17 Posted by Astra. on 19 November, 2015, 11:47
It takes quite a bit of diligence and patience to master the bagpipes - he did a great job. Being able to play music while up in space is known to help astronauts combat feelings of isolation. http://thescienceexp...re-played-space I remember a revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity - recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. He loved his guitar.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 19 November, 2015, 12:05
Okay then ... next up ~ Natasha the Supreme Inter Galactic Pole Dancer ... Pole dancing in zero gravity is bound to result in some new and interesting moves.
Comment icon #19 Posted by third_eye on 19 November, 2015, 13:37
Pole dancing in zero gravity is bound to result in some new and interesting moves. Exactly !!! We need to sit down and work it all out , then we can sweep in the finds for this worthy artistically inclined venture ~
Comment icon #20 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 19 November, 2015, 23:00
Exactly !!! We need to sit down and work it all out , then we can sweep in the finds for this worthy artistically inclined venture ~ I might be persuaded to go up there, with a pole dancer, to study the effects of pole dancing in weightlessness.
Comment icon #21 Posted by toast on 19 November, 2015, 23:11
If bagpipes would be played during an EVA, the bagpipe would work as a cold gas thruster device. So alienz may think we use cold gas thruster devices to make music, if not in regular use.


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