Guitar-Strumming Astronaut Plans Zero-g Recording Gig

Guitar-Strumming Astronaut Plans Zero-g Recording Gig
By: Steve Spaleta, Space.com Producer/Editor

Published: 03/19/2012 09:45 Am Edt on Space.com

Canadian astronaut and future space station commander Chris Hadfield has a full load of tasks to tend to when he gets to orbit, but he's also planning to fit in some time with one of his passions: the guitar. A Larrivée Parlor acoustic guitar, to be exact.

The guitar is already waiting for Hadfield on the International Space Station (Iss), where astronauts have been using it to serenade each other since its delivery by the space shuttle Discovery's Sts-105 mission in 2001. For example, Dan Burbank, the station's current Expedition 30 commander, has been making use of it in his down time.

The 52-year-old Hadfield, who will become the first Canadian to command a spacecraft when he takes control of the station's Expedition 35 mission, is scheduled to launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket in December.

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