THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ON MOON ! — BABY HARMONICA

Last time we had talk about the China astronaut played harmonica for his wife birthday, but do you know harmonica was also the FIRST musical instrument that played in space ?

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This is what an interesting passage donated by Walter M. Schirra, Jr.  :

This harmonica is part of the harmonica and bell set was carried by astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra and Tom Stafford aboard Gemini 6 in December of 1965. The mission was to test the docking and maneuvering capability of the Gemini spacecraft.

Approximately five hours after the successful maneuvering of the two spacecraft to within six inches of each other, astronauts Schirra and Stafford played “Jingle Bells” with these instruments and pretended to be a UFO called Santa Claus.

Ever the test pilot, Schirra reported that before he donated the instrument to the Smithsonian, he had “retested the harmonica and it performs quite well.” He gave it to the Museum in 1967.

Thanks to people that supplies nice & interesting pictures and stories ~

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( pictures from Rocky Lok and some referral links from Markus Grassl )

Some cool links for referral :

http://www.hohnerusa.com/index.php?1891

http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?id=A19670148000

http://news.discovery.com/space/big-pic-jingle-bells-first-space-music.html

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