Monday, February 14, 2011

Space serenade: Astronaut has 4 flutes in orbit

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Musical astronaut Catherine Coleman has plenty of flutes to pick from aboard the International Space Station.
One is her own. Two belong to members of the Irish group, The Chieftains. And one belongs to the flutist with the Jethro Tull band.
'A pretty well–rounded spectrum, and I am having a great time up here with them,' Coleman said.
On Wednesday, she played a couple tunes for radio and TV interviewers.
Space station commander Scott Kelly, meanwhile, said his twin brother made the right decision in returning to shuttle training.
Astronaut Mark Kelly officially resumed training this week after taking a leave of nearly a month to care for his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He will be in charge of the April flight of Endeavour.
At the space station, Coleman is the only flutist among the six–member crew. So while she prefers creating music with other people, she puts flute music on in the background and plays along whenever she has spare time."

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