Music in Space: Texas Music Students to Perform Live with Space Station Astronaut

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Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, currently aboard the International Space Station will make space-to-Earth musical connections with students in Texas this week to share and explore the relationship between the arts and space exploration.

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Students from Pearl Hall Elementary in Pasadena, Texas, will perform songs with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Houston Symphony violinist Sergei Galperin and violinist Kenji Williams at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Music In Space - May 2 2014

When gagaku was first introduced in Japan, it was music of the imperial court during the Nara (645-710) and Heian (794-1185) periods that was performed by musicians who belonged to hereditary guilds.  Later, it became music of the aristocracy, and today it is still performed; modern composers even continue to write for gagaku ensembles.

When gagaku was first introduced in Japan, it was music of the imperial court during the Nara (645-710) and Heian (794-1185) periods that was performed by musicians who belonged to hereditary guilds. Later, it became music of the aristocracy, and today it is still performed; modern composers even continue to write for gagaku ensembles.

From the space station, Wakata will perform a piece of the ancient Gagaku music with a Japanese reed instrument called a sho.

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Japanese Gagaku. Gagaku (the two Chinese characters mean “elegant music”) is a type of orchestral music utilizing winds, strings, and percussion that has been performed in Japan for centuries. It is the oldest form of Japanese classical music.

Violinist Sergei Galperin

Violinist Sergei Galperin

The live “Music in Space” program will be broadcast on NASA Television and webcasted on the DLiNfo Channel at 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday, May 2.

*The event time is subject change due to communication with the space station. Please go to http://dln.nasa.gov for current information.  

On Friday, click here for the LIVE Stream.

This is the second “Music in Space” event. The first featured astronaut Chris Hadfield formerly of the Canadian Space Agency in March 2013. This event is a part of the Building Cultural Bridges program, which links Pearl Hall Elementary with Johnson Space Center and several arts organizations, providing opportunities for students to discover that they are an integral part of society at the local, state, national and international levels. Read the rest of this entry »


SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

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NASA and SpaceX are targeting a 3:25 p.m. EDT launch on Friday, April 18, of SpaceX’s third cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m.

The company’s April 14 launch to the orbiting laboratory was scrubbed due to a helium leak in the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Dragon spacecraft to the space station.

Dragon is carrying to the space station almost 5,000 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, vehicle hardware and spacewalk tools — all to support the crew and more than 150 scientific investigations planned for Expeditions 39 and 40. If needed, another launch attempt will take place at 3:02 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

NASA Television coverage of Dragon’s arrival at the space station will begin at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture the spacecraft at approximately 7 a.m. NASA’s Rick Mastracchio will support Wakata during the rendezvous. Read the rest of this entry »


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