- Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters
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,” he muses.
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,” he tells Spotify.
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 ThompsonLose Yourself – EminemFeel This Moment – Pitbull and Christina AguileraSpeed of Sound – ColdplayThese Are Days – 10,000 ManiacsHazy Shade of Winter – The BanglesChasing Cars – Snow PatrolFire And Rain – James TaylorImagine – John LennonLights – Ellie GouldingBlack – Pearl JamDark Horse – Katy Perry and Juicy JIn Your Eyes – Peter GabrielJust Like Heaven – The CureWish You Were Here – Pink FloydLeader of The Band – Dan FogelbergBabylon – David GrayHotel California – EaglesAdagio for Strings – Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and the New York PhilharmonicThe Promise – Michael NymanSunrise – Norah JonesA Thousand Years – Christina PerriLandslide – Fleetwood MacWide Open Spaces – Dixie ChicksTime To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) – Sarah Brightman and Andrea BocelliBrand New Day – StingKryptonite – 3 Doors DownThunder Road – Bruce Springsteen