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British musician’s moon-themed song beamed to International Space Station

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A young British musician said she “can’t quite believe” it after her music was beamed to the International Space Station. Moonlit Skies by Sally Robinson, a student from Cardiff, was sent to the ISS after she made contact with one of its former astronauts as part of an ongoing musical project.

Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING - SALLY ROBINSON, "MOONLIT SKIES"]

SALLY ROBINSON: (SINGING) I look to the ether. The emptiness spiraling by. And all of the planets, the galaxies catching my eye. I'm caught in the wonder, which of these planets hold life? I look to the ether. And I'll wait as the day turns to night.

Yeah, Scott Kelly the astronaut heard it and was like yeah that's really cool. I'm going to send it up to the ISS, which I still can't quite believe.

He just said, Yeah, Sally, these are great. He said he could really relate to Moonlit Skies, which I think is really cool. And yeah, he just said that they were really good. And that's awesome.

It's just something that I've always just found absolutely amazing. So like, you know whenever you look out and stare up to the sky at night and you see the moon. And then you feel so tiny. And it's just, I find it so calming, which is what Moonlit Skies is about. Like that feeling.

So I think the first song that I ever wrote was about missing the Moon. Because I couldn't see it from my bedroom window. So the next pair represents us. And that is going to go to scientific research facilities for the rainforest and the deserts. Hopefully.

And then the pair after that is representing fire. So that's going to go to volcanoes, all the way around the world. I think. Hopefully, that would be really cool. And then the last part is representing the water. So that's going to go to boats.

I'm surrounded by a lot of quite creative people from my-- from my course and stuff like that. And like whenever I speak to people about the sciencyer side, like they're-- they're just like, oh you can't do that.

So I was kind of thinking, well, maybe I should sort of do this just to see-- like prove to people. That actually like scientists and you know, these really amazing people who are like leaders in their field. Like they're just normal people who listen to music, too, you know.

So I kind of feel like that should be much more of a crossover than there actually is at the minute. That's kind part of the idea, too.

[MUSIC PLAYING - SALLY ROBINSON, "MOONLIT SKIES"]

(SINGING) Under moonlit skies I am new. Under moonlit skies, I see you.