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AS­TRO­NAUT Kjell Lindgren played the bag­pipes aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion to hon­our a sci­en­tist who had died.

The Tai­wan-born 44-year-old piped Amaz­ing Grace to recog­nise re­search sci­en­tist Vic­tor Hurst, who had helped train as­tro­nauts for space travel.

Kjell is be­lieved to be the first per­son to play the in­stru­ment in space.

The set was made for him by McCal­lum Bag­pipes at the firm’s fac­tory in Kil­marnock.

Kenny Macleod, who works at McCal­lum, said: “He got in touch and asked if it was fea­si­ble to play bag­pipes in space. They are made of plas­tic and are eas­ier to keep clean to make sure they are not con­tam­i­nated. They are also lighter.”

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