The Astronaut Piper

Jamie McCrimmon would be proud; I don’t think they ever let him play the pipes on the Wheel on “Doctor Who” (although he did play them on the moon Mnemosyne in the book “The Wheel of Ice”).  NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren arranged for a special spaceflight-friendly set of bagpipes be made by McCallum Bagpipes (mostly, they just selected materials that NASA has approved for use aboard Station, including all-plastic pipes and chanter), and recently he played “Amazing Grace” on his pipes to commemorate the life of NASA scientist Victor Hurst, who had worked in the astronaut office and trained many of the astronauts now serving, including Lindgren.  It’s beautiful.  These are now the highest-flying pipes the world has ever seen.

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