Gift with sax ap­peal wows French as­tro­naut

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. — This is one cos­mi­cally cool sax and sax­o­phone player. —

France’s mu­si­cal as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet is en­joy­ing a spe­cial birth­day present de­liv­ered to him up at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. The sax­o­phone ar­rived in a SpaceX cargo ship Feb. 23, and his crew­mates kept it hid­den un­til his 39th birth- day on Feb. 27.

He re­vealed the birth­day sur­prise this week via Twit­ter.

“To­tally pumped to hear @Thom_as­tro rock his sax on or­bit! Happy be­lated birth- day buddy!” fu­ture space sta­tion crew­mate Jack Fis­cher tweeted Mon­day. The NASA as­tro­naut is sched­uled to blast off next month from Kaza­khstan.

“You might re­con­sider when you hear the ca­coph- ony. Now ace those fi­nal ex­ams and get up here!” Pes­quet replied Tues­day.

Pes­quet has been in or­bit since Novem­ber and has three months re­main­ing in his mis­sion. He’s a for­mer pi­lot for Air France.

This isn’t the first time a sax has flown in space. Shut­tle as­tro­naut Ron­ald McNair took one up in 1984, two years be­fore he died aboard the Chal­lenger.

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