Astronomers Have Out-Of-This-World Jamming Session

A jamming session--in space.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Drew Feustel, Scott Tingle and Ricky Arnold along with cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov have a jamming session at the International Space Station last April 27.

The Expedition 55 crew took some musical instruments before their space trip and named their group “AstroHawaii.” Drew and Scott were on guitar while Arnold rocked the drums. Oleg and Anton played the Peruvian pipes, which, according to a report by, the cosmonauts practiced for only 20 minutes before playing.

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Artemyev posted a photo on Twitter with the caption: “A small musical concert on board the International Space Station [music notes emoji].”

Feustel quoted the tweet saying that they think it may be the first guitar jam in space with amplifiers and effects.

Photographs of their little activity were posted on Artemyev’s Twitter account and were captured by NASA. It was a jam session in space–a space jam for short.

Besides Expedition 55, other galactic projects are being done by the space agency. Recently, there were photos of various galaxies using the Hubble Telescope. The pictures show the galaxies NGC 6744 and NGC 3368, which, according to Oscar Gonzale (an author on are approximately 30 and 35 million light-years away, respectively. The galaxies are noted for their resemblance to the Milky Way. Gonzalez wrote that it was part of the Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS) project and also looked on 50 local galaxies within 60 million light-years of Earth using both ultraviolet and visible light.

NGC 6744 spiral arm

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The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, a planet-hunting spacecraft by NASA also captured its first photo. According to an article on, the picture shows over 200,000 stars with the southern constellation Centaurus at the center and one of the brightest stars in the night sky, the Beta Centauri, visible on the lower left edge.

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