INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION – What do bagpipes sound like in space? We now know the answer to that, thanks to a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
Kjell Lindgren sent a video down to his home planet of him playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. He chose the song in tribute to researcher Victor Hurst, who was involved in his astronaut training and died suddenly in October. Lindgren, who was born in Taiwan and grew up in the U.S. and England, has been on the I.S.S. since July.
These aren’t just any bagpipes, though. The BBC reports that Lindgren wanted to be able to play in space so badly that he asked McCallum Bagpipes about logistics two years before he took off. They made him a special, lighter set of bagpipes that would be easier to play and keep clean in space.