European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet took a song drop to a new level 200 miles above Earth, helping Cold Play debut its new single this week from his orbiting outpost.
Pesquet arrived at the space station last week along with his other Crew-2 astronauts in the SpaceX Dragon capsule after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Pesquet, who happens to be an amateur saxophone player, chatted with the bandmates of Cold Play from the International Space Station cupola before the out-of-this-world debut. He showed off some views of the Dragon spacecraft docked outside and answered some questions from the band.
We had had premieres of movies on the ISS, but I’m pretty sure this was the first song released in extraterrestrial space before being released on 🌍!!! Thanks @coldplay for the chat! @esa https://t.co/hKU5viSYXg
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 6, 2021
Lead singer Chris Martin wanted to know if the Frenchman had seen any “creatures” or aliens in space.
“I don’t know I keep looking,” Pesquet joked.
Cold Play’s song, “Higher Power” is space-inspired.
“Higher Power – featuring dancing alien holograms – was beamed up to Thomas, who gave the track its very first play on board the Station,” according to the European Space Agency.
Martin said “the song is about trying to find the astronaut in all of us. The person that can do amazing things.”
Pesquet and his fellow Crew-2 astronauts, Shan Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, of NASA and Akihiko Hoshide, of the Japanese Space Agency, will spend six months on the International Space Station.
Pesquet has also been regularly sharing his favorite songs from space on Twitter @Thom_astro.
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