NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Posts His Year-In-Space Playlist

Here’s a new spin on Desert Island Discs: What tunes would you take if you were going to spend a year in space?

International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly, now more than 200 days into his #YearInSpace mission, has just shared his Spotify playlist, and it hits on a wide range of genres.

“My taste in music varies as does my mood,” he wrote in a news release from Spotify. “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.”

Kelly said his 28-song list includes the songs he’s listened to most since leaving Earth in March.

“Some have personal meaning to me and others are a compilation of melodies, rhythm and lyrics I simply enjoy,” he wrote. “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.”

Here’s the list, which runs 2 hours and 5 minutes:

Kelly, who has spent more time living in space than any other American, said music is often playing throughout the workday on the ISS, with different tunes in different modules, and he listens to music in his private crew quarters as well.

“When living in a place isolated from the rest of the world like here aboard the International Space Station, (music) becomes more significant,” he wrote. “I imagine music will be equally as important to future space travelers as we go further beyond our global sphere.”

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