A 52 second rough cut of what we are working on from Space for Fragile Oasis. What do you think?
With our thanks to musician Peter Gabriel
“Did you think that your feet had been bound By what gravity brings to the ground? Did you feel you were tricked By the future you picked? Well, come on down …”
Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions to my on-orbit playlist through my blogs, via Email, Twitter and Facebook. I attempted to put as many of your suggestions as possible into my “Fragile Oasis” list.
As discussed in an earlier post
, music is important to feeling connected to life on Earth
. The environment onboard the International Space Station is very sterile. Pumps and fans are the only sounds, and it’s possible to start feeling disconnected.
I have found myself at times missing the sounds, smells and feel of life on Earth that I may have on some level taken for granted. Music gives us a real connection with home. And, when the sound of pumps and fans is replaced with great music, we feel closer to what — and who — we hold dear on our planet. Listening to beautiful music while orbiting our beautiful fragile oasis at 17,500 miles per hour is a wonderfully surreal experience.
“Thanks to my dear friend and amazing guitar player, Davy Knowles, I was introduced to Astronaut Ron Garan presently on the International Space Station. I spoke with Ron first via email and then by PHONE ……. from space?!! I got this idea of having Ron being visually and audibly with us on a screen from space on a screen behind us on stage. Ron and NASA were really into the idea. So, in San Francisco at the Warfield Theater we put it all together. Here’s how it looked. Thanks to Ron Garan and NASA for making this a moment I will never forget.”
— Peter Frampton
Peter, thanks for setting that up. It was great fun! And, it was surreal listening to “Float” while floating onboard the International Space Station.
Thank you for your music,
Last weekend Sasha, Andrey and I received word that our return to Earth from the International Space Station would be delayed. It was possible that our scheduled September 8th landing would move to October 29th. The delay, regardless of length, was due to a failure during the launch of an unmanned Russian Progress cargo spaceship. Because the rocket that carries the Progress cargo ship to space is the same rocket that carries human crew on Soyuz spacecraft, the next Soyuz launch to the Space Station would be delayed until the cause of the failure was determined and resolved. Because of this situation, the three of us would need to stay onboard the ISS for a while longer.
When I heard the news of the delay, I knew that this would delay not only my homecoming and post-mission plans, but it would also upset the schedule of many people on our ground control teams all over the world. Many hard earned vacations would need to be canceled, and many additional hours of work would be required to re-plan activities. These “extra innings” of the Expedition 28 mission rapidly became known as “Expedition 28.1.”
I wanted to do something light-hearted to let everyone know that we are all in this together, so I enlisted Mike Fossum to help me make a video poking a little fun at the situation.
Since we made the video, we learned that the delay in our return to Earth may be shorter, and as of now it is possible for a landing as early as mid-September. We also learned that if we are not able to launch the next Space Station crew in time, there is a possibility we may have to leave the ISS unmanned. This would have serious implications, and we all hope that it does not come to that.
Despite the seriousness of the possibilities, and while we are all in this period of uncertainty, it doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little fun. With apologies to guitar players and music lovers everywhere, I hope you enjoy our little video (featuring, in order of appearance, the Expedition 28 crew of Mike Fossum, Satoshi Furukawa, Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev, Sergei Volkov and Ron Garan).