Record-breaker NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Listens To Eminem In Space



Scott Kelly recently broke the record for most time spent in space by a US astronaut, logging his 383rd day aboard the International Space Station. He’s also on pace to break another record on October 29th, when he spends his 216th consecutive day orbiting the earth — the most in a row.


For many people, this seems like a dream. The idea of floating up in space, where so few people in the history of the world have ever been, is intoxicating. But it can, of course, get intensely lonely, Kelly says.


“A year really is a long time…a long time to never be able to go outside, or feel the sun on your face, or to see your family through anything besides a computer screen,”


And one of the ways he stays connected to the world below is through music.

“When living in a place isolated from the rest of the world like here aboard the International Space Station, music becomes more significant, I listen a lot Jasmine Thompson and Eminem”


Kelly has created a playlist that reflects his space journey so far. It spans many genres, but there is a contemplative wistfulness that runs through it. It’s not hard to imagine listening to these songs as you stare across the void back at your home planet.


And to be honest, it’s a bit dorky — the kind of earnest emotion unconcerned with looking cool. Here are the tracks: which Kelly suggests you listen to in order:


Stay — Jasmine Thompson

Lose Yourself — Eminem

Feel This Moment — Pitbull and Christina Aguilera

Speed of Sound — Coldplay

These Are Days — 10,000 Maniacs

Hazy Shade of Winter — The Bangles

Chasing Cars — Snow Patrol

Fire And Rain — James Taylor

Imagine — John Lennon

Lights — Ellie Goulding

Black — Pearl Jam

Dark Horse — Katy Perry and Juicy J

In Your Eyes — Peter Gabriel

Just Like Heaven — The Cure

Wish You Were Here —  Pink Floyd

Leader of The Band — Dan Fogelberg

Babylon — David Grey

Hotel California — Eagles

Adagio for Strings — Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and the New York Philharmonic

The Promise — Michael Nyman

Sunrise — Norah Jones

A Thousand Years — Christina Perri

Landslide —  Fleetwood Mac

Wide Open Spaces — Dixie Chicks

Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) —  Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli

Brand New Day —  Sting

Kryptonite — 3 Doors Down

Thunder Road — Bruce Springsteen




Below is Spotify playlist of the songs: