Astronaut Playlist: Scott Kelly Shares the Songs that Capture His Year in Space

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 10:26AM
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 10:26AM
Astronaut Playlist: Scott Kelly Shares the Songs that Capture His Year in Space
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Scott Kelly is spending a full year in space, becoming the first astronaut in history to do so. It's amazing and historic, but also prolonged and isolated, and Kelly uses music in order to reconnect with his life back on Earth. Luckily for all of us who will never get a chance to go to space, he just shared his Year in Space playlist, which he believes captures the emotional content of the last year of his life:

Opening quote
"A year really is a long time…a long time to never be able to go outside, or feel the sun on your face, or to see your family through anything besides a computer screen," Kelly told Spotify.
Closing quote

Kelly believes that music will be increasingly important to astronauts, especially as we look forward to a Mission to Mars, which will take significantly longer than a year:

Opening quote
"Music has touched cultures all over the world since the earliest times in human history. It has long been a meaningful staple in life. It is a huge part of my life back on Earth. But when living in a place isolated from the rest of the world like here aboard the International Space Station, it becomes more significant. I imagine music will be equally as important to future space travelers as we go further beyond our global sphere."
Closing quote

He explains that he listens to music of all different tones and genres in order to reflect his mood, and to accompany beautiful views of Earth from space (can't you just picture listening to "Imagine" while looking at Earth from hundreds of miles away?):

Opening quote
"My taste in music varies as does my mood. Whether I am contemplative, energetic, tired or hopeful, music has a way of connecting, relaxing and motivating me. Some weekend mornings, I float to the cupola with my coffee and listen as I reflect on this journey, looking down at our beautiful world on which most of us live."
Closing quote

Kelly is sharing this playlist with us so we can experience the Year in Space with him, as the songs in this particular order reflect his journey on the ISS:

Opening quote
"I've selected these tunes to share with you. Songs of a Year In Space is a playlist of music that I've listened to most since I've left our planet. Some have personal meaning to me and others are a compilation of melodies, rhythm and lyrics I simply enjoy. I listen to these songs on this playlist in this particular order because they loosely capture the idea of a year in space from beginning to end for me."
Closing quote

Here is the full playlist:

Stay - Jasmine Thompson
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Feel This Moment - Pitbull and Christina Aguilera
Speed of Sound - Coldplay
These Are Days - 10,000 Maniacs
Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Fire And Rain - James Taylor
Imagine - John Lennon
Lights - Ellie Goulding
Black - Pearl Jam
Dark Horse - Katy Perry and Juicy J
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Leader of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
Babylon - David Gray
Hotel California - Eagles
Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and the New York Philharmonic
The Promise - Michael Nyman
Sunrise - Norah Jones
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks
Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) - Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
Brand New Day - Sting
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

Via Business Insider.