Astronaut jams with Kraftwerk live in concert from space

From CNET

When German electronica music pioneers Kraftwerk take the stage, fans might feel like they’ve been transported into space. And at the band’s recent gig in Stuttgart, Germany, Kraftwerk gave fans an even cooler intergalactic treat.

The band invited German astronaut Alexander Gerst to “drop in” for their live performance at the Jazz Open Festival on Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz via a live satellite feed from space.

In a video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency, we see Gerst say hello to the band and their audience from his workplace at the International Space Station.

Gerst entertained the audience by playing Kraftwerk’s 1978 hit song “Spacelab” on Friday night. The astronaut’s musical instrument of choices was a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer.

This isn’t the first time an astronaut has serenaded a live audience from space. While stationed at ISS, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield played a duet with the Barenaked…

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